The Walz administration says it will implement new state employee contracts with a July 1st raise because the Republican-controlled state Senate could not legally strip out-negotiated raises by passing a bill in the closing days of the legislative session. House Deputy Republican Leader Anne Neu objects:

“It is irresponsible to provide raises for state employees while we have the largest unemployment since the Great Depression and a massive state budget deficit.”

Brian Aldes with Teamsters Local 320 says the union will never re-negotiate a tentative agreement under political threat. Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says the Governor’s “cavalier decision” to give state workers a raise despite clear direction from the Senate puts a chilling effect on cooperation between the Senate and governor.   Gazelka says it’s time for Walz’s emergency COVID powers to end — but it’s doubtful the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House would agree.