Tim Walz has been promising increased spending to every group he can think of in an attempt to get more votes. He can’t pay for these promises without massive tax increases on all of us.

Tim Walz’s Campaign Spending Promises Will Costs Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars And Require Tax Increases

Tim Walz’s Wide-Ranging Campaign Promises Come With A Hefty Price Tag. “Tim Walz, the DFL candidate for governor, has already amassed a robust and growing list of promises that would expand government programs and offer new ones, including two years of tuition-free college, universal prekindergarten, public health insurance and rural broadband access.”

  • “He would offer all parents the option of tuition-free prekindergarten and has talked expansively about early childhood education reaching back to prenatal care. When Dayton proposed his prekindergarten proposal in 2015, his budget office estimated the cost for 2018-19 at $586 million.”
  • “According to the state Office of Higher Education, a program like the one Walz has proposed for tuition-free college — just for families with incomes of less than $125,000 — would cost the state $264.7 million annually.”
  • “Even adjusting only for population growth, increasing local government aid to 2002 levels would cost more than $125 million annually.”
  • “Walz has also promised to spend $300 million on broadband technology to bring underserved areas of the state up to speed, which has been on the wish list of many greater Minnesota communities and businesses for years.”
  • “Although the recipients would pay premiums, the continued existence of the program (MinnesotaCare) would require the Legislature to continue a tax on health care that finances it and is projected to raise $1.3 billion in 2018-19.; the tax is set to expire at the end of 2019.”


(J. Patrick Coolican, “On The Campaign Trail, Walz Makes Big But Expensive Promises,” Star Tribune, September 1, 2018)

Tim Walz Opposes The Balanced Budget Amendment For The Federal Government, And Repeatedly Voted To Increase The Debt Ceiling Without Any Reductions In Spending

On July 19, 2011, Walz Voted Against The Cut, Cap, And Balance Act, Which Made A Debt Limit Increase Contingent On Passing A Balanced-Budget Amendment. “Passage of the bill that would make an increase in the debt limit contingent upon the passage of a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. It also would set fiscal 2012 discretionary spending at $1.019 trillion and enforce statutory caps that limit spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) in fiscal 2012 through 2021.”

(H.R. 2560, Roll Call Vote #606, Passed 234-190: R 229-9; D 5-181, 7/19/11, Walz Voted Nay; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)

Walz Campaigned In 2006 By Criticizing His Opponent For Raising The Debt Ceiling, But Has Voted To Raise The Debt Ceiling By Trillions During His Tenure

During Walz’s 2006 Campaign, Walz Criticized Gutknecht For Self-Labeling As A “Deficit Hawk” While Voting To Raise The Debt Limit $100 Billion. “In speeches, Democrats also made clear they’re hoping to expand their territory. Tim Walz, a public school teacher in Mankato and former National Guardsman, vowed to beat GOP Gil Gutknecht of Rochester for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. ‘Our congressman calls himself a ‘deficit hawk.’ I like to tell the story of when I was young, I called myself an astronaut. It didn’t make me one,’ Walz said. Walz in particular attacked Gutknecht for voting to raise the debt limit $100 billion, even as he voted to raise his salary. ‘We’ve (got) an out-of-control debt, and it’s on his watch,’ he said.”

(Matthew Stolle, “Governor Hopefuls Lured To Rochester,” Post-Bulletin, 3/27/06)
Walz: “We’ve (Got) An Out-Of-Control Debt, And It’s On His Watch.”

(Matthew Stolle, “Governor Hopefuls Lured To Rochester,” Post-Bulletin, 3/27/06)

Since Being Elected To Congress, Walz Has Voted To Raise The National Debt Ceiling Nearly Every Time It Has Come Up For A Vote – Increasing It By Trillions Of Dollars

Walz Voted For Raising The National Debt Ceiling To $10.615 Trillion As Part Of The Foreclosure Prevention Act Of 2008.

(H.R. 3221, Roll Call Vote #519, Passed 272-152: R 45-149; D 227-3, Walz Voted Yea, 7/23/08; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)
Walz Voted For Raising The National Debt Ceiling To $12.104 Trillion.

(H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #70, Passed 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, Walz Voted Yea, 2/13/09; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)
Walz Voted For Raising The National Debt Ceiling To $12.394 Trillion. “Passage of the bill that would increase the federal debt limit to $12.4 trillion.”

(H.R. 4314, Roll Call Vote #988, Passed 218-214: R 0-175; D 218-39, Walz Voted Yea, 12/16/09; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)
Walz Voted For Raising The National Debt Ceiling By $1.9 Trillion To $14.294 Trillion

(H. J. Res. 45, Roll Call Vote #48, Motion Agreed To 233-187: R 0-172; D 233-15, Walz Voted Yea, 2/4/10; CQ Summary, Accessed 4/23/18)