Minnesota House Democrats (130pm) and Senate Republicans (3pm) each have hearings this afternoon (Thurs) on their respective proposals for state aid to bars and restaurants closed by the governor’s COVID emergency order. They’re trying to get a deal before Monday’s special session, and Liz Rammer with Hospitality Minnesota says bar and restaurant operators need the help:
“Doing everything that’s been asked of them and then some, and they now need to have the state reciprocate by helping them with some financial relief, in a very swift fashion, so they have the best possible chance to make it through.”
Governor Tim Walz and top lawmakers have been close-mouthed about the status of negotiations. It appears one possible sticking-point could be Democrats’ call for an extension of unemployment insurance. Republicans say that’s something the federal government should do.