LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON SPECIAL SESSION FROM REPRESENTATIVE DEB KIEL

Dear Neighbors,

Our latest special session ended early Saturday morning, unfortunately with many things left undone due to demands for more spending from the governor.

After all four caucuses in the House and Senate came to an agreement about how the federal CARES Act money would be distributed to local governments, the governor then demanded the addition of millions of dollars in unrelated spending. In the end, the governor got his way, and our local governments, many already in dire straits due to the COVID-19 crisis, got nothing.

I hope that the governor changes his mind and allows the CARES Act funding to be used how it was intended – to help our local governments weather this storm. The money can’t do anyone any good just sitting in St. Paul waiting for the Governor to act.

SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANTS PROGRAM
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the  Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program will begin accepting applications today. The application period runs from Tuesday, June 23, until Thursday, July 2 at 5 p.m. Eligibility requirements and application information can be found on DEED’s Small Business Relief Grants page.

It’s an honor and privilege to work for you at the Capitol. Don’t hesitate to contact my office at any time this session to share your thoughts, concerns, or ideas. I am here to serve you!

Deb Kiel