Senator Relph ‘pleased’ to see COVID-19 relief aid distributed to local governments

SAINT PAUL, MN – This week, Governor Tim Walz announced he would distribute the full $841 million in federal CARES Act funding to local governments. The move comes after the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation to distribute the funding; the funds will be distributed according to the legislative compromised reached during the special session.

“I am pleased to see this funding released for counties, cities, and townships that are counting on it. It’s unfortunate this became a victim of partisanship during the special session—and I would prefer the governor work with the legislative branch to get these things done right,” said Senator Jerry Relph (R-St. Cloud). “It’s the legislature’s job to make sure our communities are getting the state and federal support they need. Regardless, these local governments need the funds now.”

The federal government allocated more than $2 billion in assistance to the State of Minnesota to help local governments, health care, and businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately $841 million will be distributed among Minnesota counties, cities, and townships according to the same population-based formula that was passed by the Senate during the special legislative session. 

The bill provides significant funding for countiescities, and townships, including $4.9 million for Benton County, $11.6 million for Sherburne County, and $19.3 million for Stearns County. The City of St. Cloud is eligible to receive $5.1 million, with $585,921 for the City of Waite Park and $268,4387 for the City of St. Augusta. Area townships are also eligible to receive aid.

Senator Jerry Relph represents St. Cloud, Waite Park, St. Augusta and surrounding areas in the Minnesota Senate. He serves as chair of the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee.