Walz seeks new emergency center under public safety plan

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz addresses a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. where he said a conference call with drug company executives has left him hopeful that the Legislature will pass a bill to address the opioid crisis that he can sign. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Gov. Tim Walz went to the state's cramped Emergency Operations Center to propose a $29.5 million replacement as part of his $2 billion borrowing proposal for the 2020 legislative session.

The new center is part of a $857 million package the governor proposed Friday of public safety and asset preservation projects.

He also proposed $675 million in local projects across Minnesota.

And for the first time Walz put a precise total on his overall borrowing proposal, also known as a bonding bill, of $2.028 million.

It includes packages that the governor announced earlier for housing, water projects and higher education.