State lawmakers are back in Saint Paul tomorrow (Tues), and Hamline University analyst David Schultz says expect repeated votes in this 2021 regular session as Republicans try to override the governor’s COVID emergency powers. Schultz says they likely will not be successful — but Governor Tim Walz has to start thinking about how this plays out if he runs for re-election in 2022:
“Increasingly higher, higher percentages of Minnesotans really sort of chafing under the governor’s executive orders…. Republicans might make… the handling of the pandemic a referendum on the governor.”
Schultz says because Walz has been acting unilaterally, blame for any mistakes could fall heavily on him. But Schultz says, on the other hand, if the pandemic eases sufficiently before the 2022 election cycle, it may all be forgotten by voters.