No surprise that re-opening Minnesota businesses are among top priorities for state Senate Republicans as they officially unveil their agenda for the 2021 legislative session. Senator Andrew Mathews from Milaca says his bill allows businesses with safety plans to re-open with no restrictions:

“Pinging back and forth that you’ve all been suffering from. You’re open, you’re closed.   You’re open, you’re closed. Now you’re open again, but Governor Walz still has the power to shut you back down.”

It’s questionable that the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House would go along with such a restriction of the governor’s emergency powers.   They point to COVID variants that will increase the risk of spread until Minnesota’s population is fully vaccinated.