ST. PAUL (AP) -- Minnesota's independent legislative auditor says he doesn't have the resources to satisfy a request by lawmakers for a comprehensive study of the state's COVID-19 response.

Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles says he's ready to hear lawmakers out. But he says the scope of the request, combined with other projects his office is already undertaking, makes it difficult.

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The request came in a state government finance bill.

Republican Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer says an audit would provide some answers on how the state measured up and on what lessons should be learned, and she expects it to go forward.

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