Minnesota House Passes $330 Million For Coronavirus Response

William Bornhoft

This article originally appeared on the Mendota Heights Patch

TWIN CITIES, MN — The Minnesota House of Representatives Thursday passed $330 million in assistance for Minnesotans affected in various ways by the spread of the new coronavirus.

The bill transfers $200,000,000 from the state's general fund to Minnesota's new COVID-19 fund. It also adds $29.96 million in peacetime emergency child care grants, and $26.54 million in emergency service grants.

"Minnesotans are facing significant medical concerns and financial hardships, and today the Minnesota House of Representatives took steps to safeguard their health and economic well-being," stated Speaker Melissa Hortman.

"There is a lot more work ahead of us. We will continue working closely with Governor Walz and his administration as we navigate this pandemic."

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"Today’s vote is another legislative step to address this public health crisis, but we know there are more issues we will need to address in the coming days, weeks, and months," said Majority Leader Winkler.

"This public health crisis will have an unpredictable and lasting impact on our state. We are already looking ahead and exploring options to address the long-term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The members of the Minnesota House of Representatives will continue working hard on behalf of the people of Minnesota."

Read the bill, which now heads to Gov. Tim Walz, here.

Lawmakers Thursday also passed a rule allowing members to vote on bills remotely during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

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