The leader of the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate doesn’t seem particularly interested in Governor Tim Walz’s request that the legislature put “core principles” of his COVID emergency orders into state law. Among Walz’s suggestions: make his moratorium on evictions a state statute, with a “specific timeline” to end. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s response:

“I believe we’ve had about 10 months of not being able to evict somebody. Well, there is a point where you’re gonna destroy the person that owns that building.”

Gazelka says he’s also not interested in putting the governor’s mask mandate into state law, and says the legislature won’t extend unemployment benefits beyond the 13 weeks which they just did. The governor and Republicans have repeatedly clashed over the governor’s COVID emergency powers and Walz is appealing to the “spirit of collaboration.”