Update: Details of the final relief bill have not yet been announced. A special session is expected to take place on December 14, 2020 and state leaders are optimistic that legislators will be able to work out an agreement by that time.
MN State Government leaders announced two proposed relief packages for businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the recent shutdown and COVID-19 in general. Legislators are still working through the details of both packages with a final relief package expected to be released on December 1. Greater Mankato Growth will share additional information as soon as it becomes available.
Here's what we know about the Governor's proposed package:
- Direct relief through the Minnesota Department of Revenue is planned for all 14,000 businesses affected by the shutdown.
- Details on this are not specific, but Governor Walz referenced direct payments to businesses and waiver of regulatory fees. Governor Walz also called for a moratorium on eviction for small businesses.
- Extension of unemployment benefits by 13 weeks to individuals who have been on long-term unemployment.
- Direct payments of $500 to families receiving MFIP or DWP benefits.
- A one time grant is being proposed for restaurants to supply healthcare workers, homeless shelters, and long-term care facilities.
- Proposed tax credit for businesses that donate food that would otherwise spoil or be thrown away.