It’s time for the legislature, especially the DFL House, to strip Gov. Walz of his peacetime emergency powers. It’s time because the COVID crisis doesn’t exist anymore. We know that thanks to this article, which reports “Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported there are 523 new cases that have tested positive for COVID-19, creating a total of 35,549 cases in the state. MDH reports there are 1,425 total deaths, with eight additional deaths reported Sunday.”

Sunday morning, At Issue With Tom Hauser reported that there were 1,411 COVIDS as of Friday’s report. Further, Hauser reported that Friday’s report marked the sixth straight day of single-digit deaths. That streak has now hit 8 straight days. A month ago, Minnesota was averaging 25-30 COVID deaths per day.

It’s clear that there isn’t much to be worried about with COVID if you don’t have underlying health issues or if you’re living in a long-term care facility. If you’re 50 or younger and don’t have diabetes or respiratory problems, this just isn’t a problem.

If the DFL House doesn’t vote to eliminate Gov. Walz’s emergency powers, the DFL House should own, along with Gov. Walz, the economic catastrophe caused by COVID-19. There isn’t an emergency anymore.

Shutting off Gov. Walz’s emergency powers and passing a bonding bill should be the only things on the agenda if there is another special session. Everything else is irrelevant. There shouldn’t be any money appropriated to rebuild Minneapolis. Twin Cities politicians did nothing while the riot erupted and Antifa and BLM anarchists demolished neighborhoods. But I digress.

The bottom line is simple. The COVID emergency doesn’t exist anymore. More than a week straight of single-digit deaths proves that. Gov. Walz shouldn’t have special authority for a situation that might or might not happen. The definition of emergency is “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action” or “a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event.”

Notice that both definitions describe an existing situation. They don’t talk about something that might happen. In fact, it talks about the “need for help or relief” caused by “some unexpected event.”

It’s inconceivable that Minnesota’s Constitution would give a governor such sweeping authority to prepare for an event that might not happen. Further, I don’t see the usefulness of giving any politician the authority to act unilaterally, especially for extended periods of time. If Melissa Hortman, Ryan Winkler and the House DFL don’t cut off Gov. Walz’s autocratic authority, they’ll own Gov. Walz’s idiotic decisions that’ve ruined people’s lives. Make no mistake, either. There’s a ton of economic damage that Gov. Walz and the DFL have caused, as this report shows:

It’s time for the legislature to start acting like a co-equal branch. It’s time for the DFL to stop acting liking a rubberstamp to Gov. Walz’s decisions, especially considering that the crisis is behind us.

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