The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC)is applauding Governor Tim Walz’s decision to distribute $853 million in relief to communities across the state impacted by COVID-19. The CGMC’s Bradley Peterson says he’s happy and relieved and the money has been “a long time coming”…

“The federal government authorized money at the end of March so it’s been up to the states to figure out how to distribute it and how much and it’s good to see it’s going to be headed cities’ way now so that they can begin to figure out what expenses they can cover and do some planning around their own budgets for the rest of the year.”

The funding was authorized under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.$841 million will be distributed to support local government coronavirus relief efforts. $12 million will be allocated toward food shelves and food banks to help combat hunger across Minnesota.