Gov. Tim Walz, lawmakers aim for pandemic relief for businesses
November 25, 2020
Direct assistance to businesses hurt by the pandemic, temporary breaks in taxes and fees and other aid to Minnesotans are under consideration by Gov. Tim Walz and state lawmakers aiming for quick relief as COVID-19 cases rise and the state revives tougher restrictions.
Both Walz, the Democratic governor, and a group of House Republicans spelled out proposals on Tuesday, suggesting a bipartisan sense of urgency. Majority House Democrats signed onto Walz's plan, while Republicans who control the state Senate also signaled interest in a compromise measure.
"It feels like there's bipartisan momentum," Walz said at a news conference outside the Nook, a St. Paul hamburger joint. He said he hopes to call legislators back into special session as soon as a deal is reached.