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Statement from Speaker Hortman and Majority Leader Winkler on temporary closure of Minnesota schools

Sunday, March 15, 2020

St. Paul, Minnesota — House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Majority Leader Ryan Winkler released the following statement on Governor Walz’s announcement regarding closure of Minnesota schools:

“Governor Walz's decision to temporarily close Minnesota schools is in the best interest of Minnesotans, and we appreciate the thoughtful way his executive order addresses the need for care and meals for our children. The Minnesota House of Representatives has also introduced legislation to ensure our hourly school workers are compensated for days canceled due to COVID-19, and we are working to enact this quickly. We will continue working closely with Governor Walz and his Administration, along with Senate Republicans, as we navigate this pandemic.”