I hope you’re staying well and continuing to get plenty of fresh air and exercise. The Governor’s Stay at Home order does not prohibit us from going outside to enjoy the budding trees and springtime weather- as long as we maintain a six foot distance from each other and avoid meeting in groups.
Here’s an update from the Capitol (via Deephaven).
Yesterday, Minnesota lawmakers passed a bipartisan, comprehensive package of bills addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill created a new $200 million COVID-19 Fund in the state treasury to enable state agencies to respond to COVID-19-related challenges. It also included $9 million to the Department of Human Services for food security, $26.5 million for the Emergency Service Grants program to provide shelter for Minnesota’s homeless population, $30 million in one-time grants to child care providers, financial relief for displaced workers, and the necessary flexibility for state agencies to respond to the pandemic. You can access the entire bill here and read a recap from nonpartisan House Public Information Services here.
The Legislature is in recess until April 14; or until a bipartisan, bicameral agreement is reached on additional legislation. Many Minnesotans have questions about what the coming days and weeks might look like. While an in-person gathering isn’t possible at this time, I’m planning to hold a virtual town hall on April 4 to answer questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and related issues.
Please continue to reach out with ideas or questions about prospective emergency COVID-19 legislation, or any other issue important to you and your family.
I am honored and proud to represent our kind and resilient communities at the legislature.