Governor Tim Walz hinted that he may unilaterally declare new emergency powers due to the Delta variant. His comments were made on WCCO radio over the weekend in a discussion about a new mask mandate. According to Walz, a new mask mandate isn't possible because "I don't have the authority, my executive powers ended".
However, Walz later added, to reinstate a mask mandate, "it would require a new declaration of emergency".
The legislature terminated Governor Walz' peacetime emergency powers for COVID-19 on June 29th after receiving pressure from supporters of Action 4 Liberty. We also called on Senate Republicans to refuse to pass Walz' budget until the Rep Mortensen's Never Again Bill becomes law.
We are in this bizarre predicament where our Governor thinks he can just reissue a new emergency because Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka sold out and refused to pass the Never Again Bill. Our fears seem to be real - Walz thinks our Constitutional Republic can continue to be on hold as long as there is a virus spreading.
Here's the audio of Walz on WCCO Radio.