Today, Governor Walz announced plans to use executive authority to disburse federal CARES Act dollars to local governments using the framework of Senate File 47, the bill passed by the Senate during Special Session and negotiated on by GOP and DFL House and Senate leaders. This action will require the Governor to run his proposal through the Legislative Advisory Commission which will have up to 10 days to react, but no authority to overturn. With a lack of action on these critical funds by the end of regular session and special session, counties were increasingly concerned about the unknowns and delays surrounding these relief funds. AMC is pleased that the Governor is following the outline of the negotiated Senate File 47 agreement and are thankful to members for their interest and engagement in this issue. AMC expects further guidance and communication from Department of Revenue and state officials in the coming days and will provide updates to counties/county staff as more information becomes available.
Department of Revenue CARES Act Information Page (in process of being created): https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/coronavirus-relief-fund-local-governments
AMC/MICA/MRC joint letter to Governor: Letter link
Outline of SF 47:
Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) are available to local governments. Visit https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/coronavirus-relief-fund-local-governments for additional information.
UPDATE: We have heard that this mandate has been removed in the Governor’s plan, but that he will still recommend counties use their funds to assist residents and businesses in need.
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