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 Thursday providing additional resources for state agencies, workers, businesses, and other entities in the fight against the virus.
“The effects of the COVID-19 virus are disrupting the lives of every Minnesotan in our state, robbing people of their health and their paycheck, and putting us in an unprecedented situation,” said Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm). “We’ve already taken action, and today’s bill will help us even more, however we are still facing major challenges for hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans who are struggling to get by while main street is shut down. We will continue to do the people’s work, but we must do a lot more to help working Minnesotans.”
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. However, additional legislation will be required.
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 Family Investment 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.