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 […]

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Bonding efforts fail to break logjam

Passing a robust bonding bill has been the GMNP’s top goal since before the pandemic and we had high hopes that the Legislature would follow through with their promises to get one done. As things stand today, the chances of a bonding bill passing during the special session are slim. During a press conference on […]

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New small-business relief grant program signed into law

One of the first things to happen during the special session was the passage by the House and concurrence by the Senate of a COVID-19 small business relief grant program. Gov. Walz signed the bill into law Tuesday. The bill creates a $62.5 million grant program aimed at providing relief to businesses impacted by the […]

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House, Senate reach tentative agreement on small business grants

The Legislature is poised to pass a significant bill out of the gate during the special session. Based on information that came out of the Senate Jobs and Economic Development Committee hearing Thursday, the two chambers have reached an agreement on approving $62.5 million in small business emergency grants. These grants would make available up […]

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Applications for final round of emergency child care grants due June 15

June 15 is the deadline for the state’s third and final round of Peacetime Emergency Childcare Grants. This program was launched as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Minnesota and Gov. Walz issued executive orders closing portions of the state’s economy, including schools. The grants were targeted both at propping up the child care industry, […]

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State announces next steps in reopening

Governor Walz and DEED Commissioner Steve Grove shared the next phase of reopening Minnesota’s economy beginning on Wednesday, June 10. Below is a description of the new guidelines. General Meeting Limits: Groups of up to 25 people can gather outdoors and up to 10 can gather indoors. A maximum of 250 people total can gather […]

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Relief for small businesses shaping up to be part of special session

In the final days of the 2020 regular legislative session, the House and Senate were both working on proposals to make funds available for small businesses impacted by the economic shutdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, as the session came into its final hours, the two chambers’ bill authors and caucus leaders, along […]

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Governor launches ‘Phase 2’ reopening plan

On May 20, Gov. Walz held a press conference to introduce further guidelines for service businesses to re-open on June 1 and provided a look into the future of re-openings. Below is a description of some of the elements of upcoming phases. Phase 2 – June 1  Restaurants and bars: Outdoor dining only, no more […]

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Bonding bill fails to make it past the finish line

One of the top priorities for the GMNP this legislative session was the passage of a robust bonding bill, but the House and Senate failed to come together on an agreement before the Legislature adjourned. A bonding bill requires a three-fifths majority to pass, which this session meant that some members of the DFL minority […]

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