Last year, Minnesota's budget forecast showed a state budget surplus that was projected to be a historic $9.25 billion for the fiscal year 2022-23. Upon learning this news, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan revised their Budget to Move Minnesota Forward.

Their goal with the budget had always been to continue to make investments to expand economic opportunity, protect Minnesotans’ health and safety, and support children and families. However, the revised series of supplemental budget proposals include paying Minnesota families with 'Walz Checks'.

This would be a direct payment of up to $1,000 that Minnesotans could use however they needed.

“Thanks to the hard work of Minnesotans across the state, Minnesota’s economy is strong,” said Governor Walz. “With a historic surplus, we have an opportunity to provide direct relief to Minnesotans and invest in the future of our state. Amid global economic uncertainty, direct payments are one of the best ways to make it easier for Minnesotans to pay their bills. Right now, we have the resources to send $1,000 to Minnesota families.”

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Lieutenant Governor Flanagan added the revised budget "put children, families, and workers at the forefront by increasing direct payments to Minnesotans, expanding child nutrition programs, investing in emergency shelter services, and more."

Under the revised budget, more than 2.7 million Minnesota households would receive a Walz Check. The question many have is, how do I get the money? The answer is pretty simple. If you filed your income taxes, then you'd automatically be eligible and your direct deposit information would likely already be on record.

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan’s revised budget proposes single tax filers would receive a payment of $500 while a married couple would receive a payment of $1,000.

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