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Millions in COVID-19 relief soon headed for Minnesota businesses, workers

 

December 16, 2020

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz talked with Nook co-owner Mike Runyon in St. Paul before announcing his coronavirus relief proposals on Nov. 24. Under a deal reached Monday, up to $88 million will be distributed by the state to bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, breweries, coffee shops and some fitness centers that have seen at least a 30% drop in sales revenue from last year.

Minnesota's divided Legislature this week managed something that its national counterpart in Washington, D.C., has yet to do: Strike a deal to send relief to businesses and workers hit hardest by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Now comes the hard part.

As soon as Gov. Tim Walz signs the bill, state and local officials must identify and dole out hundreds of millions of dollars to thousands of businesses across the state. They need to extend unemployment insurance to more than 100,000 Minnesotans whose benefits are set to expire after the holidays. And they need to do it as quickly as possible.

https://www.startribune.com/millions-in-covid-19-relief-soon-headed-for-minnesota-businesses-workers/573402141/

 

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