Walz and House Republicans release COVID relief proposals

Updated: November 24, 2020 07:08 PM
Created: November 24, 2020 09:42 AM

Governor Walz and House Republicans unveiled their COVID relief plans on Tuesday morning.

Republicans are suggesting these following changes in their Main Street Relief Act:

1) Grants for businesses affected by the most recent closure and executive orders.

2) Sales tax holiday periods.

3) Temporarily raise the cap on restaurants to sell more beer or wine.

Walz is suggesting these ideas in his COVID-19 Economic Relief Package:

1) Provide direct aid to businesses through Business Assistance Program.

2) Waive State and regulatory fees for bars, restaurants, event centers, craft breweries, and more.

3) Extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks, helping as many as 100,000 workers whose benefits currently end next month.

4) Provide a $500 one-time emergency payment to struggling families.

Mike Runyon, co-owner of The Nook in St. Paul, said, "Right nowe we're at a deadlock. Because we are looking out for the hospitals. We know what it's like to work 90 hour weeks. And when you wake up in the middle of the night and still feel like you're at work. We need to give them time to fix this thing. But we need help from the government, we need help from Minnesota."

Walz said he was texting with Senator Paul Gazelka about a relief plan Monday night. He is hopeful there can be an agreement with both parties by next Tuesday, December 1st, when the next budget forecast is released.

Both parties said they are still hopeful the federal government will provide some assistance. 

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