Governor Walz Likely to Call Legislators Back in July
The special session adjourned with little accomplished on major issues. If Governor Walz extends his emergency authority yet again for 30 more days in July he will need to call the legislature back for another special session. Next time legislators will likely try to pre-negotiate whatever major issues they can reach agreement on and contain the special session to one or two days.
Legislature Acts Quickly and $62.5 Million in Grants for Small Business!
The notable exception to the gridlock that occurred during the special session was that lawmakers acted quickly on $62.5 million in new grants for small business. Eligible businesses will receive up to $10,000 in grants and it is estimated that about 6000 businesses will be eligible. Half of the funding will go to businesses in Greater Minnesota and half to businesses in the seven-county Twin Cities area. NFIB strongly supported this legislation.
To be eligible you must be a Minnesota domiciled small business with 50 or fewer full-time employees. You must also be able to show your business has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. A randomized, computer-generated lottery process will be used to select the businesses that will receive the awards. Note: businesses that had their operations restricted to 50% or less of normal capacity by closure orders will receive priority considerations in the selection process. The application period closed on July 2.