Earlier this week, the Minnesota legislature passed a nearly 330 million-appropriation bill to help fund the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. State Senator Rich Draheim of Madison Lake says it likely won’t be the last coronavirus-related appropriation to go before lawmakers.

“I guarantee that there will be another bill with some more appropriations in a week or two,” said Draheim. “For example, MRCI in Mankato, they’re paid when they perform a task. So if they’re not out in public they’re not receiving the revenue they need to stay open so that’s an issue we need to address.”

This week’s bill was in addition to a 221 million dollar COVID-19 appropriation passed two weeks ago.