Governor Tim Walz is pointing a finger not only at Senate Republicans but also at fellow Democrats in the Minnesota House for stalemate that’s persisted since the start of the legislative session on two high-profile issues:
“It’s unacceptable that the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund has not been refilled, and it’s unacceptable that front-line workers — these ‘hero pay’ bonuses, that’s not been done.”
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President Doug Loon contends it’s critical the Unemployment Insurance Fund be immediately replenished:
“The greatest fear is that those businesses that have been struggling with recovery — think hospitality, right? — this new tax on them, at this time, could sink them.”
House Democrats have signaled they’d approve over a billion dollars to refill the Unemployment Insurance Fund, but also want a billion dollars for bonuses for COVID front workers — four times what lawmakers agreed on last year.