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After hang-up in the Legislature, Walz distributes $841M COVID-19 aid to local governments


Gov. Tim Walz expresses his frustration with the "weak sauce" police and criminal justice reform legislation in the Senate during a news conference in St. Paul on Thursday, June 18, 2020. John Autey / Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL - Local governments around the state will be eligible to receive a piece of an $841 million federal COVID-19 aid appropriation beginning next week.

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, June 25, announced he would distribute the funds based on the population of a county, city or town. Local governments have borne a financial burden in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and have seen revenues shrink as businesses were forced to close as the state aimed to limit the coronavirus' spread.

County and city leaders had urged lawmakers to approve the funding last week as part of a special legislative session, but the measure failed after the Democratic-Farmer-Labor led House of Representatives added to the measure Walz's proposed supplemental budget, which included additional aid for families on welfare, personal care attendants and others.


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