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Rep. Swedzinski: Package approved to combat COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020

ST. PAUL — State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s passage of HF4531, a package of bills that continue the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We came together and got important work done for Minnesotans,” Swedzinski said. “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring in the fight to combat COVID-19, but we do know families and businesses in our state are struggling. 

“We need to be strategic in how we move forward so our business and household economies can be strong, not only for the immediate weeks and months, but for the long haul. Solutions come from the private sector, not necessarily from government. Let’s make sure we listen to the people who are directly impacted by this outbreak so we can respond accordingly.”

Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. House Republicans successfully advocated for multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.