Minnesota House Republicans have joined their colleagues who control the state Senate, pushing a bill that would repeal Governor Tim Walz’s COVID emergency authority to close schools and impose other restrictions on school districts. Tbe measure faces a tough road in the Democrat-controlled House, and Little Falls Republican Ron Kresha says they’ve tried everything. “Every time we try to go to a compromise, the governor sets it up in a way that’s unrealistic for locals to put their own plans in place, and the Democrats keep using this as a ruse…. My parents have had it! My school board members have had it!”
Walz administration officials weren’t immediately available to comment, but previously pointed out that some districts have been able to re-open schools under the governor’s order with appropriate safety precautions. Republicans respond school officials are afraid, if they push the issue, that the governor will come after them.