Tuesday, 15 December 2020 14:35

Minnesota Senate Passes COVID-19 Emergency Relief Package

Written by Bruce Walker, The Center Square
Inner dome from the rotunda floor of the Minnesota State Capitol. Inner dome from the rotunda floor of the Minnesota State Capitol. Nagel Photography|Shutterstock.com


...counties based on a per capita formula for the purpose of redistributing to businesses in those counties.


Businesses are required to apply relief funds to payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utility payments and other expenses incurred during the regular course of business.


All funding must be distributed by March 15. 


According Rep. Michael Howard, DFL, Richfield, however, the bill does not provide meaningful housing assistance.


“Make no mistake, the lifeline we extended to Minnesota’s working families and small businesses is incredibly important, but so too is the need to keep Minnesotans out of the cold this winter,” Howard said in a statement.


“As a pandemic rages and snow falls, the Senate GOP said no to housing assistance for families struggling to get by. Renters, homeowners and small ‘mom and pop’ landlords have rent and mortgages due in the new year, and for many there will be no help,” he said. 


In response to this perceived need, Howard introduced House File 7, which would appropriate $50 million in emergency housing assistance.


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