A deal by legislative leaders to re-fill the COVID-depleted Unemployment Insurance Fund and avoid business tax increases, plus send roughly 750-dollar COVID “hero checks” to 667-thousand front-line workers in Minnesota, is headed to Governor Tim Walz after the Senate and House both passed it nearly unanimously Friday afternoon. Minneapolis Democrat Emma Greenman says Senate Republicans insisted on 2.7 billion dollars for businesses but refused to take care of workers: “Millions of dollars to Target, to Amazon, to Walmart. Probably not enough to our small businesses. 500 million dollars for front-line workers. That’s a five-to-one ratio.”
Republicans say restoring the Unemployment Insurance Fund will benefit workers. Red Wing Representative Barb Haley says, “I’m proud to stand up in this chamber and say that we got it done. This is problem-solving. This is working across our political differences.”
It’s expected Governor Walz will sign the bill.