Walz approves $841 million in federal COVID aid to Minnesota cities, counties

June 26, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has approved plans to distribute $841 million in federal coronavirus aid to cities and counties across Minnesota.

He also approved $12 million for food banks and food shelves that have seen a surge in demand.

The money comes from the $2.1 billion that Minnesota received under a sweeping federal economic rescue law known as the CARES Act.

The state will distribute the $841 million to local governments starting next week according to a set of formulas that lawmakers agreed to during last week’s special session, under a deal that later fell apart.

Walz followed the original agreement.