Governor Tim Walz is urging the legislature to wrap up its essential business, in case the COVID-19 pandemic gets worse in Minnesota:

“And if they can get their work done as quickly as possible, I do think it makes sense in an economically broader perspective of a jobs program and a stimulus is to get that bonding bill, that local jobs bill, done and move on.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said the middle of last week:

“I want tax relief as part of the discussion as we move to the end.”

But when we asked Gazelka on Friday whether Republicans would be willing to pass a bonding bill early — without tax cuts — he said:

“I don’t know yet. We’ll talk as the four leaders and make that decision.”

If Republicans agreed to a bonding bill early on, it probably would be much less than the two billion dollars that Governor Walz proposes.