By Rep. Tony Jurgens, 5/1/2020
As you’ve likely heard, Governor Walz has decided to extend Minnesota’s stay at home order until May 18 and allow currently-shuttered retail businesses to open for curbside purchases.
It’s a small step forward, but I wish more could have been done. Our shuttered businesses are struggling mightily right now and while curbside purchases are better than nothing, I know most of the business owners I’ve spoken with were hoping for much better news coming out of the Governor’s Office.
In addition, it was announced that there will be a modification of the executive order on elective medical procedures in the coming days. This week I joined many of my Republican colleagues in sending a letter to Governor Walz asking the governor to reconsider that order and allow hospitals and other healthcare providers to have flexibility in how they treat patients, and allow them to consider how and where they can safely treat COVID-19 patients and those seeking non-COVID care while maintaining capacity and without compromising PPE. Hopefully we’ll some new guidance in the coming days.
Also next week we are expecting Minnesota Management and Budget to come out with a revised budget forecast. As you recall the most recent forecast called for a $1.5 billion surplus but with revenue down and spending up, that surplus cannot be counted on. Once we have the revised projection, our spending the remainder of this session will need to be adjusted as well as spending that was approved in our budget bills in 2019.
Representative Tony Jurgens
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