Members of a special working group try again this afternoon (3pm) to agree on COVID bonuses for Minnesota’s front-line workers, over a month past the original target for a special session to distribute 250 million dollars.  Stillwater Republican Senator Karin Housley says Democrats propose 670-thousand Minnesotans who couldn’t work from home each get 375 dollars — while Republicans’ plan…

“Those really, really front-line workers that faced COVID and a high-risk of contracting COVID every single day… giving each one of those one-thousand dollars.”

House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says there’s middle ground, but Republicans’ issues are “just getting in the way”:

“They have to want to make a deal and, if they do, we can get this done.”

Governor Tim Walz said he won’t call a special session while Republicans threaten to oust Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.  But Walz is also asking for  a mask and vaccination mandate for teachers and school staff — something Republicans strongly oppose.