Governor Walz Calls a Special Session to Finish the State's Two-Year Budget

Abdi Isaaq

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St. Paul, MN — Governor Tim Walz signed a proclamation on June 12, calling a special session of the Minnesota State Legislature beginning on Monday, June 14, 2021, to complete the two-year state budget.

On Monday, he also signed an executive order that extends Minnesota’s peacetime emergency for 30 days to allow Minnesota to maintain immunization sites and the eviction moratorium and continue to collect federal hunger-relief assistance.

The Governor is pushing the Legislature to enact a budget that will continue to drive economic growth, find common ground on police accountability measures, and agree on an off-ramp for the eviction moratorium that ensures stability in the housing market while assisting renters and landlords.

“Minnesota is in a good place in our effort to end this pandemic,” Governor Walz commented. “That is why we have begun to wind down our statewide response. We look forward to working with the Legislature to ensure that we can continue to keep Minnesotans safe and healthy, and pass a budget that supports Minnesota’s recovery.”

Extending the peacetime emergency is part of the Governor’s cautious strategy to tapering down the state’s response to the pandemic. Last month, he reversed nine executive orders, and another 13 will cease before the end of the month.

Minnesota’s peacetime emergency permits the state to continue delivering vaccines, including rolling out mobile immunization locations and incentive schemes.

The peacetime emergency also authorizes the state to obtain federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funding to battle hunger. Just recently, the federal government granted the state’s request for an additional $45 million in financing based on the peacetime emergency.

SNAP has helped nearly 500,000 Minnesotans put food on the table throughout the epidemic while supporting Minnesota’s farmers and grocers. Ending Minnesota’s emergency now might deprive Minnesota’s neediest residents of an estimated $90 million in emergency SNAP assistance through September 30, 2021.

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