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After meeting more than a dozen times, the group closed out without reaching a compromise. The result puts the decision to the divided Legislature to determine how the state should send out the funds to front-line workers.
A month after a deadline to reach a deal on hero pay for front-line workers, discussions continued but policymakers seemed skeptical about the prospects of a special session.
The DFL lawmaker joins former Hennepin County public defender Mary Moriarty in the field aiming to take over the post from Mike Freeman.
The group has a Labor Day deadline to hand off a recommendation and members on Tuesday said they'd start restricting the professions eligible for state aid payments next week.
As the clock ticked down on the legislative session, leaders suggested they'd need to work in overtime to get a state budget and other priorities finished.
Senate leaders on Thursday said the measure would go 'up in smoke' in that chamber.

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The plan included aid for businesses hit hardest by the pandemic and more funding for unemployment insurance.
State legislators and Gov. Tim Walz put forward their priorities for state support to businesses and workers and said they would approve them as soon as they could reach a deal.
'Hopefully this is the beginning of working across the aisle and coming up with bipartisan solutions,' Sen. Dave Tomassoni said after taking the position of Senate President.

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