The Minnesota House (on a vote of 75-58) passed a COVID-19 emergency package that includes 100 million dollars in state assistance for renters, homeowners and landlords… and 27 million dollars to improve broadband access — which International Falls Democrat Rob Ecklund likes:

“We have made great strides in the past few years in broadband delivery…. We have more to do, and this COVID-19 pandemic has shown that we are not quite there yet.”

Personal care attendants would get a temporary 15-percent pay increase, which Mankato Democrat Jack Considine calls “a disgrace”:

“Not only is the raise woefully inadequate but, to add insult to injury, it’s temporary.”

There’s also 55 million dollars for small business emergency loans — but Delano Republican Joe McDonald contends the real way to help is, reopen Minnesota’s economy:

“I can go up to Coborn’s 10 times a day (and) be safe, but you can’t go to a local mom-and-pop store?… Does that make any sense, Minnesota?”