ST. PAUL – The Minnesota House of Representatives approved a $216 million business relief package late Monday evening, 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 announced on November 18th will continue past their December 18 expiration.
“This legislation provides struggling businesses with funding needed to help cover losses caused by Governor Walz’s harmful closures,” said Rep. Jon Koznick, R-Lakeville. “Governor Walz had no plan to help bridge the gap when he forced businesses to close in mid-November and I am proud that the legislature has stepped to the plate to provide the leadership our state needs. Ultimately, businesses do not want a handout, they want to safely reopen and serve their customers and communities. It’s time for Governor Walz to give up his emergency powers and allow as many businesses as possible to safely reopen with measures in place to protect employees and customers.”
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;
Gov. Walz announced the current restrictions on November 18th, which kicked in just two days later.