Minnesota House Democratic leader Ryan Winkler says a Republican plan to completely re-open all Minnesota businesses by May 1st is a “very good goal” but he doesn’t want to create false expectations about the course of the pandemic. Willmar Republican Dave Baker proposes phased-in re-opening of restaurants, bars, fitness facilities and other venues:

“I would be shocked if we don’t get a good group of DFL members that want to support this kind of an idea.”

Winkler says House Democrats are very open to looking at individual executive orders — but…

“What we’re *not* willing to do is immediately terminate all of the governor’s emergency powers… and essentially make Minnesota defenseless against COVID-19 without having anything to replace them.”

Winkler says May 1st is a “very good goal”…

“There’s every reason to think that’s a possibility, but we don’t want to create a false expectation with Minnesotans that everything will be all set to go by that point in time.”