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RELEASE: Minn. House approves COVID-19 assistance package

Thursday, March 26, 2020

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – This afternoon, the Minnesota House of Representatives enacted a package of legislation to assist Minnesotans coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and its related disruptions. The text of the legislation can be found here.

“Today was an important day for Minnesota’s response to this unprecedented epidemic, and I’m proud lawmakers approved these important measures on a bipartisan basis,” said Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL – Aurora). “This is a challenging time for all of us, and this situation will continue to evolve over the coming days and weeks. We will get through this together.”

The legislation approved today includes, among other things, $200 million toward the newly created state COVID-19 Fund, $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, $10 million for small business loans, financial relief for Minnesota’s workers, and the necessary flexibility for state agencies to respond to the pandemic. 

Additional information on the Minnesota House’s efforts to address COVID-19 can be found here