ST. PAUL, Minn. – In response to the growing challenge of the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, the legislature passed a $331.5 million relief package today providing additional resources for state agencies, workers, businesses, and other entities in the fight against the virus. The funding includes grants for childcare providers, emergency service workers, support for food access and housing, assistance for Minnesota’s veterans, and $200 million in flexible funding necessary to address COVID-19 effects.
“This legislation can help provide some economic security and stability for thousands of Minnesotans who are facing uncertainty during this crisis and will help strengthen the state’s response to this challenge,” said Senator Karla Bigham (DFL-Cottage Grove). “We also know that there is more work to be done especially for the thousands of hourly workers in our schools who do not have a paycheck, our frontline health care workers and first responders, and for our most economically vulnerable citizens.”
Further legislation will be necessary to address several areas of urgent need. These include securing guaranteed pay for hourly workers who are not receiving a paycheck during the school shutdown, adding COVID-19 to the list of conditions that would make workers compensation available for emergency service personnel, and an increase to the Minnesota Fixed Income Program to provide a boost in direct cash payments for working Minnesotans.
The most up to date information on COVID-19 are available at the Minnesota Department of Health website here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html.