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(St. Paul, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz is asking a special legislative commission to authorize 40-million dollars of federal American Rescue Plan funding. The money would be used to hire about 300 nurses from a national staffing firm to help for 60 days at Minnesota hospitals hard-pressed by the COVID omicron surge. Walz acknowledges there's competition, earlier for federal medical teams, and now for this. Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the nurse-staffing company the state is working with has a large number of nurses under contract who already have Minnesota licenses. Officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association haven't been immediately reachable for comment.