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

A resolution that would have stripped Gov. Tim Walz of his emergency powers for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic did not come to a vote on the House Floor Tuesday evening.

After almost four hours of debate in which 27 legislators spoke, the House chose not to suspend the rules and take a vote on House Concurrent Resolution 1, voting against the motion 70-63. One of those Democrats voting for the resolution was District 4B Representative Paul Marquart…

“We are no longer in an emergency situation,” said Marquart. “These are things we can deliberate more, looking at more kind of a long-term strategy, looking at what’s going to be the new normal. We’ll be back in another month, because we have to come back every month when we’re not in session to extend the powers.”

Marquart was one of four Democrats to vote for the resolution.

He was also the author of legislation for distributing CARES Act pandemic relief money. He says everything but the 10 percent local business recovery funding was enacted by Gov. Tim Walz when it didn’t pass during the last special session. Even so, an Association of Minnesota Counties survey found that of 60 counties responding all were putting together economic recovery packages and 18 were spending 20 percent of their allocation on local business relief.