Senator Anderson: CARES funding needed to help communities recover from the pandemic

Today Governor Walz announced he would distribute the full $841 million in federal CARES funding to local entities. The distribution is according to the approved compromise legislation the Senate and House agreed to in the special session.

“Communities across Minnesota need access to these federal funds as we work to rebuild,” said Senator Bruce Anderson (R-Buffalo). “I am grateful that the Governor utilized the fair distribution formula developed by the legislature. It will ensure that every city and every county will receive equal access to this vital funding as they begin to recover from the pandemic.”

The compromise agreement distributed the local government funding fairly to Minnesota counties, cities, and towns based on a formula using their population. The Senate passed the agreed-upon legislation with nearly unanimous support during the special session. The legislation brought transparency and fairness to the distribution since the federal funds were not subject to legislative approval and could be spent unilaterally by Walz.

Minnesota received more than $2 billion from the federal government to help local governments, health professionals, and businesses fight COVID. That money went into an account called the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund, so it could be quickly deployed to places it is needed most.