House Republicans tried Thursday night to pass a bill exempting COVID unemployment benefits from state income tax, but the Democratic majority said it’s premature because the I-R-S has pushed the tax filing deadline back to May 17th. Farmington Republican Pat Garofalo warns:

“Every day the number of people getting more and more upset about this is gonna grow, so it’s to all of our benefits — and most importantly to the people who lost their jobs. Let’s help ’em out.”

“This is going to be taken care of.   We are going to do that.”

…but Dilworth Democrat Paul Marquart says taking more time will mean a tax relief bill benefiting not only unemployed Minnesotans but also other workers, families, and small businesses. Democrats might be waiting until budget negotiations to try to get more of what they want.