ST. PAUL (AP) -- New Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is using his inaugural address to stress the need for better education and health care for everyone.

Walz spoke at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul after taking the oath as Minnesota's 41st governor since statehood.

Walz told the crowd of dignitaries and supporters that disparities in the state's educational system are holding the state back from reaching its full potential. The former teacher says Minnesota must become the ``Education State'' for all children regardless of race.

Walz also says Minnesota must figure out how to deliver health care more effectively and affordably, with better results. He says that includes investments in cutting-edge research.