Governor Tim Walz

Heidi Holtan

A special session of the 2020 MN Legislature is not a surprise – due in large part to a bonding bill that did not get passed and also the unusual circumstances of COVID-19.  But now, with the killing of George Floyd a new agenda for special session by Democrats has emerged.  Minn Post Reporter Walker Orenstein talked with us this morning on KAXE/KBXE. 

Peter Callaghan from Minnpost

This week Walker Orenstein joined us to talk about unemployment insurance.  His latest article is "What Workers Need To Know About Unemployment Benefits During the COVID-19 Emergency". 

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order on Monday to tweak Minnesota’s unemployment insurance program in an effort to help people struggling with the closure of schools and businesses because of the novel coronavirus.

Peter Callaghan from MinnPost

MN's House, Senate and Governor's office are in a stalemate when it comes to their proposed spending budget.  The Democratic House proposed spending is $49.8 billion, Democratic Governor Tim Walz is $49.35 billion and the Republican Senate is proposing $47.7 billion.  On Monday a compromise was offered by the House of a reduction of $640 million, Governor Walz came down $200 million and the Senate did not change the proposed spending budget.  They did offer to search for an additional $200 million in the health and human services budget to put towards education.  House Speaker Melissa Hortm

Governor Walz was back with us on Making Sausage on the Thursday Morning Show on KAXE/KBXE. 

https://www.senate.mn/members/member_bio.php?member_id=1003

We checked in with House Minority Leader Tom Bakk today about this year's session and the Governor's State of the State address.

Watch Governor Tim Walz State of the State address here. 

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