Governor Tim Walz and lawmakers are setting up another working group to try to break the logjam over an assistance program for those who can’t afford insulin. Earlier unsuccessful attempts prompted a series of sharp exchanges on social media and in the news — and Walz says it’s about rebuilding trust and listening to one another. The governor stresses, “I do think there’s a lot of work to be done. None of us here are naive. We know that legislating is hard, but I think the spirit of getting it right for Minnesota [is at work].”
It’s not clear yet if the group will initially meet in public or behind closed doors. The major sticking point remains whether insulin manufacturers will be charged a fee to pay for the program — as Democrats want — or will provide free insulin to those who can’t afford it — the Republican proposal).