ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota House and Senate approved a $216 million business relief package Monday, sending to the Governor's desk a bill to help small businesses and workers impacted by Governor Walz's latest restrictions on businesses. Walz has twice delayed an announcement on whether the restrictions first announce on November 18th will continue past their December 18 expiration. Representative Tama Theis, R-St. Cloud, released the following statement regarding the bill.
“I am glad we could come together to provide some relief to our local businesses,” said Theis. “I have heard from business after business that they are barely holding on after this latest shutdown. This bill provides a needed lifeline for businesses, but the thing our businesses really need is to be open. We know that the vast majority can open safely, and they must be allowed to do so. Continuing this shutdown will only succeed in hurting more businesses.”
The business relief package includes direct grants to businesses, license and other fee relief, and a 13 week extension of unemployment insurance for workers. The grants are broken into three categories aimed at prioritizing speed: