Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-50 this week, which exempts federal, tribal, state, and local COVID-19 relief funds from being intercepted and withheld by creditors and debt collectors. Minnesotans all across the state are facing unprecedented challenges and added obstacles to simply placing food on the table and keeping a roof over their heads.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was specifically allocated to assist families and individuals with income and family sized based funds to help relieve some of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Walz wants to ensure that this funding is used for what it was intended for and cannot be seized by debt collection or other means of interception.
Minnesotans across the state are struggling financially, and with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development reporting 605,702 unemployment insurance applications since March 16th, COVID-19 relief funds are crucial. It is important to note that domestic support obligations such as child support will not be exempt from intervention.