What about legislation to reduce gun violence and an emergency insulin program? That’s the question Governor Tim Walz asks Republicans as they hold State Capitol hearings today on troubles in the state Human Services Department. Republicans want more information about top management resignations at D-H-S, plus fraud and possible cover-up, and overpayments to Native American tribes by the state Human Services Department. Governor Walz says he applauds Republicans for having hearings but adds, “They are going to hear an earful, not just from me but from Minnesotans: No time for insulin? No time for guns? Can’t figure that one out to get just a little bit of time? How about you stay tomorrow evening?”
Senate Republican leaders say on guns they’re willing to talk about mental health issues but not on expanding background checks for gun purchases. On insulin, they say the recent announcement by Medica indicates price increases may be easing.