I support officers of the law and first responders that work hard to serve and protect our community every day. At the same time, it’s imperative for us to work together to hold bad actors accountable.
Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Funds Approved
Today, the House passed a bill to deliver $841 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Minnesota’s cities, counties, and towns, and make new investments in the people of Minnesota. Cities would receive $350 million in aid, counties would receive $467 million, and towns would receive $24 million. Of these funds, Apple Valley would receive approximately $4 million and Rosemount would get approximately $1.8 million.
New investments to help Minnesotans weather COVID’s storm were also included. Some of these provisions fund the following:
- $21 million for increased compensation for personal care assistants (PCAs)
- Funding in for childcare assistance necessary to bring Minnesota into federal compliance
- $18.5 million for overtime staffing for correctional officers
- $6 million for the Minnesota Zoo
- $4.1 million for suicide prevention and housing assistance for veterans
Grant Applications for Minnesota Small Businesses Open Next Week
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that Minnesota’s Small Business Relief Grants Program – created by legislation of which I supported and was signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday – will begin accepting applications next week. The application period will begin on Tuesday, June 23 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.
Here are the requirements for eligibility:
- Have a permanent physical location in Minnesota,
- Be owned by a permanent resident of Minnesota,
- Be in good standing with the Secretary of State’s office and the Dept. of Revenue as of March 1, 2020, and
- Demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Virtual Coffee with John
Next Saturday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m., I’ll hold my first summer virtual coffee hour. We’ll be using the free videoconferencing software Zoom, which you can download here. To join, just click here prior to the meeting beginning. All community members are welcome, and I look forward to connecting online!
WHAT: Virtual Coffee with John
WHEN: Saturday, June 27; 10:00-11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Zoom; meeting ID: 972 8434 5294 password: 553100
(To access the meeting by phone, call 312-626-6799 and enter the meeting ID and password when prompted).
Keep in Touch
Please contact me anytime at email@example.com with questions, ideas, or thoughts. Your input helps shape my work for our communities at the state legislature, and I appreciate hearing from you.
Wishing you a safe and happy Father’s Day weekend,