About $2.4 billion of that money came from the state system, with the rest coming from federal contributions adopted in response to the economic fallout from COVID-19.
A Q&A with Alice Roberts-Davis, who oversees Minnesota’s Critical Care Supplies Working Group.
Among other things, the bill will provide the state with a share of $25 billion for rental assistance. Missing, however, is any direct aid to state and city governments.
Though the severity of the pandemic has shown signs of lessening in recent weeks, there are still high rates of COVID-19 test positivity, signaling that the outbreak hasn’t receded to levels seen over the summer.
Meanwhile, the legislation — which passed late Monday night — did not include a proposal to provide one-time $500 checks to those in the Minnesota Family Investment Program, which provides assistance to low-income families with children.
Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders have pledged to come up with a bill to help bars, restaurants and other businesses closed in the latest pandemic shutdowns.
The data needed to draw political districts is supposed to be delivered by the Census Bureau by April 1.
The plan was to use $100 million of Minnesota’s federal CARES Act money to pay for the COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program.
Welcome to the world of economic forecasting in the midst of a global pandemic.
State officials released the latest forecast for revenue and spending on Tuesday, and it offered better news for a governor and state Legislature seeking ways to help those hurt by the latest pandemic-related closures.
In its appeal, the ACLU restates its claim that voting is a fundamental right — and that the state has not provided a rational reason for denying that right to those who’ve been released from incarceration.
Whether the proposals will lead to actual legislation is unclear, but both sides were hopeful that a special session to hammer out a deal could be held as early as next week.
The 2020 election’s anomalies are the first place the parties will look when planning for the next election.
Of the $200 million appropriated to a special COVID-19 fund by the Legislature, only $18.565 million remains. And of the $1.87 billion sent directly to the state under the congressional CARES Act, just $208,527 is left to be appropriated.
Minnesota has a relatively non-gerrymandered legislative map. And with Minnesotans once again voting for divided government as the state heads into redistricting next year, things are likely to stay that way.
Meanwhile, even as COVID-19 cases surge across Minnesota, the state Senate was talking about … who would be the president of the state Senate.
The biggest question for Gov. Tim Walz and legislative budget writers is whether Congress will more help to the states, and if so, how much.
The request is one of a dozen made to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for reimbursement under federal disaster declarations for the pandemic.
In response to the explosion of new coronavirus cases in Minnesota, the governor walked very close to saying the state could announce earlier closing times — not a shut-down of the industry — later this week.
For two more years, Minnesota is likely to have the distinction of having the only divided Legislature in America.