SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Today, the Minnesota House Ways and Means Committee approved legislation to provide one-time supplemental payments for low-income working Minnesotans in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Diversionary Work Program (DWP). The bill, authored by Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL – Eagan), will advance to the House floor.
“Low-income Minnesotans have been hit hardest by the current public health crisis,” said Rep. Halverson. “Using federal funds to boost assistance for working families could make a lifetime of difference for thousands of people. Emergency payments would help Minnesotans stay housed and put food on the table while serving as a powerful economic stimulus tool.”
The legislation provides one-time supplemental payments of up to $500 per household for individuals enrolled in MFIP or DWP, programs that help parents move to financial stability through work. Approximately 27,000 families – including 55,000 children – rely on temporary help from MFIP to meet their basic needs. While MFIP generally serves families that earn less than $27,000 per year (for a family of three), most Minnesotans who receive this assistance earn less than $15,000 per year. The text of the bill is available here
Video of the hearing will be available on House Public Information Services’ YouTube Channel
. Supporting documents can be found on the committee’s webpage