Home Speaker Kurt Daudt said over the weekend that it’s acceptable for legislators to hitch within the choice making with Gov. Tim Walz over the right way to maintain Minnesotans secure throughout the coronavirus pandemic. And due to this fact, the GOP members of the Home gained’t be voting on a bonding invoice till the governor offers up the emergency powers he has been exercising since March 13 when he declared a peacetime emergency within the state.
That sort of coercion makes for unhealthy politics, although it’s what has handed for political give and take in recent times. Additionally it is a nasty method to make coverage selections, particularly selections which will must be made rapidly.
Daudt claims the Legislature ought to have a voice within the well being emergency choice making. But when the Legislature can’t move a bonding invoice, the principle and most necessary piece of laws the Legislature has to work on this yr, how are they going to come back to a significant choice on reopening the state’s economic system whereas defending the residents from the unfold of the COVID-19 virus?
We’ve stated earlier than, our legislators haven’t proven they can work collectively and assist the general public good, even with life=and-death points like making insulin reasonably priced for diabetics, a difficulty that took practically a yr to move. If the Legislature can really come to a civilized settlement on a bonding invoice, it’d show it’s able to engaged on emergency well being selections too.
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