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With a lot of money and limited time, state and local governments scramble to capture and spend emergency federal funds


Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

A woman napped on the Capitol lawn in St. Paul on Saturday.

An unprecedented $2.2 billion in emergency federal aid is flowing to Minnesota, launching a skirmish among local government officials who want to grab the funds to cover their first responder and public health costs soaring from COVID-19.

An-end-of-year deadline set by Congress to spend all the money - and unclear guidance on how to divide it up - is setting up clashes not just between parties but among state, county and city leaders scrambling to meet the ballooning costs of the pandemic at the same time that their tax revenues are plunging.


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