Legislators pass COVID-19 relief

The Minnesota Legislature appears to have struck a deal on providing COVID-19 relief.

The DFL-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate have agreed on a $216 million package that provides relief to businesses impacted by the latest COVID shutdowns as well as a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits for affected workers.

Speaker of the House Melissa Hortmann.

The Senate passed it yesterday afternoon and the House passed it last night.

This is the seventh special session of the year, and Gov. Tim Walz extended the peacetime emergency by another 30 days, despite the Senate’s attempt to end the executive powers.

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