HENDERSON (LEARFIELD) – Governor Tim Walz in Henderson today (Thurs) signaled he’s willing to make a deal on his COVID emergency powers, to get the legislature to pass a bonding bill.

House Republican leaders have said they won’t provide the necessary votes for a state public works package unless Walz gives up or scales back his COVID authority.

The governor had a response for that today.

“I would be more than happy to let the legislature take on some of these responsibilities and make some of these decisions, because the way it’s set up right now, with every decision that’s made, if it works out well everybody’s happy about that, if it doesn’t they’re going to blame me.”

Walz says he’s “still hopeful” for an agreement on a bonding bill by Monday, when the legislature resumes its second special session.