State Sen. Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake). (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

It wasn’t that long ago that legislators at the State Capitol were debating what to do with the state’s budget surplus. Now, the financial picture is much bleaker and State Senator Torrey Westrom of Elbow Lake told KMRS that during sessions at the legislature last week both Republicans and Democrats were feeling the pressure to get more Minnesotans back to work.

“Probably over an hour or more of the session was dedicated towards frustrated senators — Democrats and Republicans — meeting to find ways to ease the Executive Orders so they maybe don’t cover all 87 counties,” said Westrom. “There’s a variety of number of cases in the different counties and many counties that have single digits, if any. We’re looking at ways to re-open the state maybe sooner than what the governor is talking about.”

Westrom said he agreed that increased testing for the coronavirus would help ease a lot of minds in the general public for any return to normalcy. But he also suggested that other metrics would need to be looked at as well in order to open other segments of the economy.


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