ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD)  —  Republican state lawmakers are accusing Governor Walz of harassing Minnesota businesses by stepping up COVID-19 compliance checks.

A group of G-O-P lawmakers sent a letter to Walz that said, “clearly restaurants and bars are not major drivers for COVID transmission, and it’s unfair that they are being targeted and treated as such.”

But state health officials say coronavirus cases linked those establishments are on the rise.

The lawmakers claim a letter sent by the state to the hospitality industry about COVID restrictions  threatened business with fines, closure, and investigations instead of” educational.”