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Walz allocates $106M in pandemic relief money to schools, workforce development, homeless shelters


ST. PAUL, MN-- Money to support Minnesota students, drive workforce development, and help shelter those in need has been allocated from the Federal American Rescue fund Friday.

Gov. Tim Walz said the $106 million will help Minnesotans who need relief by providing resources to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger economy for generations to come.

“With this funding, we are helping students recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, driving workforce development in critical, good-paying fields, and providing safe shelter to the Minnesotans who need it most before our harsh winter months.”

$29 million will go to support students across the state, $35 million will help increase the number of workers for critical industries, and $10 million will go to help homeless shelters respond to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Friday’s announced allocation is a slice of the $500 million the state is receiving for immediate COVID recovery efforts, with $1.15 billion on its way to be allocated in the 2022 legislative session for long-term pandemic recovery.

Minnesota will also get $1.183 billion in state revenue replacement, for a total of $2.833 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for the state government. (Local governments also got $2.132 billion, and $3.505 billion is going toward federally funded programs in the state.)

In total, President Joe Biden’s plan provides $8.5 billion to Minnesota to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Additional allocations of the $500 million reserved for immediate COVID-19 response will be announced soon.

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