Walz administration officials deny Republicans allegations that Minnesota has loosened work-search requirements for those drawing unemployment benefits. Mazeppa Republican Steve Drazkowski says the governor’s COVID emergency order eliminated it, and the state is “paying people not to work”:
“This is debilitating to the work culture of our state. It’s debilitating to our economic recovery.”
Deputy Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Blake Chaffee (CHAY-fee) responds work-search requirements were never
“turned off” like in some other states:
“We’re talking to a lot of folks, and what we’re hearing from them is that they’re looking for work, they’re trying to get back to work.”
Republican lawmakers say people are staying on unemployment and businesses can’t fill open positions. Some propose a two-thousand-dollar bonus for those who go back to work and remain on the job at least 90 days.