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Notes from the Capitol – Special session edition

The first of what could be several special legislative sessions was held last week and into the weekend. Unfortunately, there was little agreement reached between the Republican-controlled Senate, the DFL-controlled House, and Governor Walz on most of the big-ticket items. As a result, it is likely that another special session will be called soon, possibly even within the next couple of weeks.

Accomplishments: Small business relief, child care assistance

Despite the incomplete finish to the special session, the Legislature was able to accomplish a few things.

Most notably, the Legislature passed — and Gov. Walz signed — a bill that created a small business relief grant program. As we have mentioned before, the program provides $60.3 million in grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Half of the money will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota. Continue reading

State accepting applications for small business relief grants June 23-July 2

This week, the Legislature approved and Governor Walz signed a $60.3 million appropriation for grants for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with $31.25 million dedicated to small businesses in Greater Minnesota. Today, DEED announced that the application period will open on June 23 and close at 5:00pm on Thursday, July 2 in accordance with the 10-day application period contained in the bill.

This is a bill that the Greater Minnesota Partnership worked closely on in the final weeks of the regular session and leading up to the special session, and we were pleased to see that the Legislature was able to pass it in the first hours of the special session last week. These funds are critically important to our communities, our entrepreneurs, and our families, and will help our businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading