Government & Politics

Sen. Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized; Walz exposed; Flanagan’s brother dies from COVID-19

BY: - March 23, 2020

The coronavirus has reached the highest levels of the Minnesota government, afflicting the families of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.  Klobuchar announced that her husband, John, received a positive test result for COVID-19 Monday and has been hospitalized in Virginia.  In a statement posted on Medium, she shared that […]

Walz considering allowing restaurants, bars sell alcohol with takeout food orders

BY: - March 20, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz on Friday provided a glimmer of hope to restaurant owners struggling with the closure of dine-in options, saying he’s considering allowing the sale of alcohol for takeout orders.  “There’s a very strong online presence to ask me that,” he said. “We’re looking at trying. Every suggestion is being brought up and I […]

Walz announces YMCA child care program; MNSure open enrollment

BY: - March 20, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz announced a pair of initiatives on Friday aimed at alleviating health insurance coverage needs, as well as addressing child care concerns for front-line workers laboring to slow the spread of COVID-19. Starting Monday, March 23, uninsured Minnesotans can enroll for health insurance through MNSure.org for a 30-day period ending April 21. […]

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Who can cancel evictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

BY: - March 20, 2020

Cities and states across the country, including Minnesota, have temporarily halted evictions as health officials urge people to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In the short term, judges in Minnesota have stopped hearing new eviction cases, except for those involving domestic abuse or personal safety. Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea […]

Lawmakers urged to take action to continue human services programs during outbreak

BY: - March 18, 2020

Health care providers, social service nonprofits and advocates are calling on the Legislature to help them treat people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.   In a letter to legislative leadership, organizations ranging from the Minnesota Nurses Association to M Health and Pillsbury United Communities called for emergency action to expand Department of Human Services programs. […]

Gov. Walz orders temporary closure of bars, restaurants and gyms as COVID-19 cases rise

BY: - March 16, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Monday ordered the temporary closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and other places of public accommodation throughout the state no later than Tuesday at 5 p.m. Restaurants will not have to close entirely; under the Walz executive order, restaurants can continue delivery and takeout services, but state health officials have issued […]

Legislature racing to pass hospital funding bill in response to COVID-19; operations curtailed

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Minnesota Legislature is racing to pass a hospital funding bill on Monday to address the rising need for healthcare services amid a widening COVID-19 epidemic.  State health officials have announced an overnight uptick of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, for a total of 54. The development comes just a day after […]

Gov. Walz orders schools temporarily closed to curb COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - March 15, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday took his most drastic action yet to contain the spread of COVID-19, ordering the temporary closure of Minnesota public schools starting Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. Walz says school districts should use the time to plan a transition to distance learning for the foreseeable future. “We cannot […]

Gov. Walz budget proposal covers $29 million overpayments to tribes

BY: - March 14, 2020

Tucked into Governor Tim Walz’s $257 million supplemental budget proposal is a line item returning more than $29 million to the federal government for overpayments the state made to two tribes for addiction treatment services. If the Legislature approves, the payments would bring Minnesota a step closer to resolving a year-long saga that has strained […]

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)

U.S. House passes coronavirus response bill; 40 Republicans dissent, including Emmer

BY: - March 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill. The multi-billion dollar package aims to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, and mitigate its economic effects as fears of recession […]

Exclusive: AFSCME Council 5 experiencing financial woes, membership decline, documents reveal

BY: - March 12, 2020

The abrupt departure of two top leaders this past summer were just the beginning of troubles for one of the state’s largest and most powerful public sector unions, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 5.  Documents obtained by the Minnesota Reformer show that Julie Blehyl, the recently named executive director of the […]

What are the governor’s emergency powers? Can he really tell us not to gather?

BY: - March 12, 2020

This post has been updated.  Minnesota may soon be entering slippery constitutional ground if and when Gov. Tim Walz follows the lead of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and forbids large gatherings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus. If Walz declares a peacetime emergency, as he is expected […]