Gov. Tim Walz declared August 7 as Telecommuter Forward! Day.

(St. Paul, MN) The GOP-controlled Minnesota Senate voted Friday to cancel Governor Tim Walz’s emergency COVID powers, but the measure failed in the DFL-led House. Red Wing Republican Barb Haley says lawmakers from both parties stood behind the governor at the start of the pandemic, “but the time now is to chart a different course. We will be living with this virus for quite some timer.” Democrat Alice Mann from Lakeville asked her colleagues to remember nearly 13-hundred Minnesotans who have died from COVID-19 and “the voices of the people who are currently in the I-C-U who may or may not come home.” Mann added, “this emergency is not over.” Republicans argue business closures that hurt the economy must be stopped.