A tentative deal on a 216-million-dollar state aid package for COVID-closed restaurants, bars, and other businesses is in jeopardy at the legislature because of a disagreement over extending unemployment benefits for hospitality workers. Republican Senator Eric Pratt from Prior Lake:
“We were too far apart. We wanted to do something that was truly a gap. They wanted to do something that was much broader, going out ’til June.”
House Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says the House will not pass the business relief package without an unemployment benefits extension:
“We are not going to help businesses and then screw the very workers who got laid off from those businesses. We need to include unemployment insurance extension with any package we pass.”
Lawmakers and the governor are trying to get a deal in time for Monday’s special session.