Minnesota Governor Tim Walz says he’s proud of the way the legislature has put Minnesota first and politics aside in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Walz made the comments on KTOE Tuesday afternoon after the legislature passed a coronavirus funding bill early Tuesday morning.

“Minnesotans need to know as the only state in the union with divided governments, the COVID-19 emergency fund was passed unanimously and I’m grateful for that. That’s going to help manage some things better,” said Walz.

The $200 million dollar bill provides $50 million to the Public Health Response Contingency Account for use by providers, ambulance services, health care clinics, hospitals, and long term care facilities. The other $150 million goes to the Minnesota Department of Health to help pay for costs related to planning, preparing, or responding to an outbreak and create temporary sites to provide testing services