Governor Tim Walz says he hopes to announce Thursday relaxed COVID restrictions in Minnesota:

“Thursday’s announcement should go a long ways, I think, to moving things forward.”

Republicans say *all* restrictions should be lifted, the governor should relinquish his COVID emergency powers, and Minnesota should completely re-open.  House Deputy Minority Leader Anne Neu Brindley:

“Red and blue states have lifted, or scheduled to lift, all of their remaining COVID restrictions.”

Trying to bring more pressure on the governor, some Republicans have hinted, unless Walz relinquishes COVID emergency powers, there might not be agreement on the budget — requiring stopgap measures to avoid state government shutdown.