STATEMENT FROM REP. GROSSELL ON END OF STAY AT HOME ORDER
May 18, 2020
CLEARBROOK — State Representative Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Walz's announcement extending his unilateral, unchecked authority and lifting the state's Stay at Home order effective Monday, while churches, restaurants, and other businesses remain closed for the coming weeks.
"I continue to receive a barrage of calls and texts from small businesses around the district, such as resorts, private campgrounds, restaurants, bars, and salons who will not survive another two weeks when the governor decides to allow them to exercise their constitutional rights."
"With this order, the governor offered mere crumbs to small town Minnesota. All he did was allow some small businesses to exercise the constitutional rights that never should have been violated and taken away from them in the first place. The first two weeks of shelter in place allowed time to assess the severity of the COVID situation and was enough time to prepare citizens. Every citizen in this state was willing to comply to help protect their neighbor, but to continue this assault on the citizens in rural Minnesota is a violation of their God-given constitutional rights."
"Greater Minnesota is not the Twin Cities Metro; however, small businesses are dying there, too. Resorts depend on being able to use their launches for guided fishing. Campgrounds depend on filling their campsites for these three months. Small businesses need to be working at 100% to make ends meet. They all depend on their customers to have full access to keep their doors open. And they know how to do it safely, something the governor who called us simple "rocks and cows" clearly doesn't believe. Big box businesses are filled to the brim with people with no regard to social distancing, but outdoor activities like fishing in launches and using campgrounds are prohibited. It makes no sense at all."
"Governor Walz's policies are destroying our economy and people's mental health. He keeps moving the goal post. The modeling used by the governor remains questionable, and details about the modeling formula have been hidden from the public."
"We are in a crisis. We have an over 25% unemployment rate and a $2.5 billion deficit. And the governor continues to pick winners and losers. This unilateral policy-making must stop."
"I will continue to be the voice of my constituents in St. Paul. Please continue to reach out to me."