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