An “offer” that the Minnesota House passed last night (Mon) is fueling another push at the State Capitol to break the nearly year-old deadlock over COVID “hero pay” bonuses.  House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman says it’s become clear that, to get this done, the House needed to give Republicans 2.7 billion dollars to re-fill the Unemployment Insurance Fund and avoid business tax increases — however…

“It should be equally clear to the Senate that, to get this done, they need to come up significantly off of 250 million (dollars) for front-line workers, which is what we already agreed to when we didn’t know about a 10-billion-dollar surplus.”

House Democrats want a billion dollars to make COVID bonuses available to a larger group of front-line workers.   Senate Republican Majority Leader Jeremy Miller said today, “While I’m happy to see the House take action, they loaded up the bill with other items making it more difficult to find agreement. I remain committed to working towards a compromise agreement.”