A floor vote in the Minnesota House on beefing up Minnesota’s Disaster Assistance Fund could come soon, as a key committee this morning debates the 30-million-dollar infusion requested by Governor Tim Walz. Starbuck Republican Paul Anderson suggested the money come from the state’s “Rainy Day” budget reserve:

“We have over a billion dollars in the budget reserve. We have a ‘Rainy Day Fund.’   If some of that could be designated, if the need were there to replenish this disaster fund.”

Governor Tim Walz calls that “bad budgeting”:

“There’s a reason that those set numbers that we came to: It was to prepare against a recession based on historic numbers.”

Walz wants the “Rainy Day Fund” at full strength, particularly with the economic jitters over coronavirus.