After Covid-19, what's left to fight over ?


After Covid-19, what's left to fight over ? After Covid-19, what's left to fight over ? - Expectations were high on February 11 2020 when the Minnesota Legislature met for the 2020 session. COVID-19 has just entered the national lexicon, and the Dow Jones industrial average rose more than 174 points to close at 29,276.

New Hampshire voters will go to the polls, and Minnesota Senator A. Amy Klobuchar goes to the third place in the Democratic presidential election. The projected budget surplus will reach $ 1.5 billion. 

The state recorded more than 5,730 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, with 371 deaths. More than 580,000 Minnesot residents sought unemployment insurance benefits.

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The Dow dropped 622 points to close at 23,723 on Friday. And that was after Wall Street completed a pretty decent month for the coronavirus era.

The Legislature, reduced to working on the basis of a call to pass an emergency law, has so far approved about $ 551 million to respond to the crisis, and more help is expected. 

Now, with almost two weeks left before the scheduled May 18 delay, politicians on both sides are preparing for a rare early-May budget estimate that quantifies the amount of a pandemic fiscal tax. 

For the first time since the Great Recession, the state budget will be red. With little left to fight over, state lawmakers can only look back with concern the priority they brought to St. Paul in February. 

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In one non-budget year, the two sides arrived at the State Capitol with highly ideological agendas that they hoped would be held in the autumn elections, when all 201 DPR and Senate seats would be contested. Democrats will tighten weapons laws; Republicans will cut taxes, especially taxes on Social Security benefits.

Now gun safety must take a back seat to a more pressing public health crisis and Republicans, subject to fiscal pressure, have been forced to get rid of their Social Security tax revocation.

The singular non-COVID characteristic of this session may turn out to be an agreement reached by both parties in April about the affordability of insulin, breaking the deadlock held since the heady days of 2019.






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