Duluth Business Community Encouraged to Share Needs and Ideas

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Minnesota’s business community faces an unprecedented slowdown in response to COVID-19, Senator Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) is ready to connect community members, workers, and business owners with resources and state assistance. Additionally, Simonson’s office is actively seeking suggestions on what actions can be taken by the legislature and Governor Walz to provide immediate and long-term support for workers and business owners.

“The extraordinary measures required in response to COVID-19 are absolutely necessary to flatten the curve and help our health care networks respond to this crisis,” said Senator Simonson. “However, these are unchartered waters for workers and business owners, and the economic uncertainty they are facing is taking a tremendous toll. My office stands ready to connect people with state agencies and resources to help during this time, and we also want to hear what steps the state can take to help during this crisis.”

Senator Simonson is asking for people to reach out via his email sen.erik.simonson@senate.mn if they are in need of assistance and if they have suggestions or ideas. As the state’s COVID-19 response continues, additional steps and action from the Governor and the legislature will be necessary to ensure people are supported.

One important step was taken yesterday, when Governor Walz announced the postponement of the March 20 payment of the sales tax for businesses to April 20. More information about that is available here: https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/our-response-covid-19.

If you have had your hours reduced or lost your job due to COVID-19 and have questions about unemployment, more information is available here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/?id=1045-423352.

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