Around 400-million dollars in state aid to COVID-closed bars and restaurants — the number lawmakers seem to be closing in on, as Governor Tim Walz pushes for a deal so he can call a special session.   Walz says he wants help for about 14-thousand businesses:

“We want every single one of them who’s been impacted to do this. So I think you can extrapolate this will be a fairly significant package. It will fall within Minnesota’s ability to pay for it.”

Democrats also want to extend state unemployment benefits for bar and restaurant workers. Minneapolis Representative Mohamud Noor:

“We have to be out there to support those who are struggling the most and to ensure that we support each other during this difficult moment.”

But Republicans want the *federal* government to release 137 billion dollars in the Paycheck Protection Program and

Maple Grove Representative Kristin Robbins says:

“We also would support efforts to make the federal changes necessary to provide additional unemployment.”