SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, the Minnesota Senate passed a $217 million COVID-19 relief bill that will provide assistance for small businesses across the state. The legislation will provide relief through direct grants to businesses and counties and a thirteen-week extension for unemployment insurance benefits. After voting in favor of the bill, Senator Susan Kent released the following statement:
“Minnesotans across the state have experienced firsthand the devastating impact of COVID-19. This $217 million relief bill will offer critical support for businesses, working families, and those experiencing unemployment,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “I’m glad the legislature was able to come to an agreement on this much-needed bill, but our work to ensure Minnesotans can weather this crisis and come out stronger on the other side is far from over.”
Additionally, the relief package includes regulatory fee adjustments for businesses and extends the application deadline for free-and reduced-price school lunch eligibility. It extends certain deadlines and waives late fees for retail food, food manufacturer, wholesale food, and food broker licensure. The adjustments also include a twelve-month deadline extension for permits allowing bars to sell liquor between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. and the catering liquor license as well as late fee waivers.