State Sen. Torrey Westrom. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Legislators are dealing with new realities at the State Capitol, as their spring break was extended to limit public virus exposure. State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner that the unprecedented moves have stripped things to the basics.

“So it’s kind of that balance between not over-reacting, not panicking, but being very sensible, precautionary,” said Westrom. “And sometimes getting back to the basics that we all were taught in kindergarten: wash our hands and make sure we keep our fingers and hands and things that we touch a lot washed often with soap and water. Not just a rinse.”

With emergency funding being given to combat the virus, the state’s $1.5 billion budget surplus is quickly shrinking.

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