A hearing in the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House this afternoon (1pm) on using a billion dollars of the state’s budget surplus to give 667-thousand front line workers in Minnesota each a 15-hundred-dollar COVID bonus:

The measure has been stalled at the Capitol since last summer because Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on the amount or how many workers.  Democrats are trying to entice Republicans by also offering a billion dollars to replenish the COVID-depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund so businesses don’t get a tax increase.  But Senate Republicans say 2.7 billion dollars is necessary for that, and that Democrats could have approved COVID worker bonuses last fall with the 250 million dollars already approved by the legislature.