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 announce on November 18th will continue past their December 18 expiration.
“I supported yesterday's legislation that will provide needed relief to main street businesses in our community,” said Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore. “While this bill is a step in the right direction and will help save businesses and jobs in our community, ultimately we need to end the Governor’s emergency powers and let businesses reopen with commonsense safety measures.”
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.