Walz signs $330 million COVID-19 response package

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota. |  Photo: State of Minnesota

Updated: March 28, 2020 03:25 PM

On Saturday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill to allocate $330 million in COVID-19 aid in Minnesota, according to a news release from the Governor's office.


This brings the state’s total response to more than $550 million to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“The swift, bipartisan passage of this bill is One Minnesota in action,” Governor Walz said in the news release. “Legislators put aside politics to fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Minnesotans. We’re only in the early stages of Minnesota’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic – but this law will help ensure we have the right supports in place to prepare for what’s to come.”

The bill includes the following actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other policy proposals:

  • Establishes the COVID-19 Minnesota Fund to support further action
  • Creates peacetime emergency child care grants
  • Provides COVID-19 assistance for veterans
  • Supports food shelves and food banks
  • Expands resources for emergency services and homeless shelters
  • Expands support available to small businesses
  • Extends disaster assistance for farmers to include losses due to COVID-19

The bill was passed by the Minnesota Legislature on March 26, 2020.



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