Minnesota House Republicans on Monday’s first day of the special session again tried, without success, to cancel Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency powers after he extended them another 30 days. Willmar Republican Dave Baker says respectful employers — himself included — can’t find workers because Walz won’t end the 300-dollar weekly unemployment benefit “top-off” that makes it more attractive to stay out of the workforce. Baker told Democrats:
“Following this governor over the cliff like so many of my friends over there are doing, it makes me sick.”
House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler asked, what if there’s a surge or a variant of a disease that’s not entirely predictable?
“If we end the emergency powers, the capacity of the governor to re-instate them to respond to another crisis on COVID 19 is very much up in the air.”
Republicans respond, the COVID crisis is over.