Beltrami County poised to distribute some state dollars with latest COVID relief package

State legislators were present during the Beltrami County Work Session and they were able to provide more insight into the COVID relief package passed in the Minnesota Legislature Monday.

The $216 million package includes $88 million directly to various businesses, and almost another $115 million to flow through counties.

Recently re-elected 2A representative Matt Grossell said the package is more of a bandage than a real solution.

Beltrami County is poised to receive around $930,000, which will be distributed to struggling businesses identified by the county.

The county board also presented their legislative priorities, which included projected a transportation funding shortfall, due to a lack of travel and with it a lack of gas tax revenues, as well as continued work to expand childcare access in northern Minnesota.

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