Democrats in the Minnesota House are proposing a one-time extra COVID payment to families on the state welfare program (MFIP, Minnesota Family Investment Program). New Brighton Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein says 500 dollars can make a big difference:

“When you are living penny-to-penny, the uncertainty of a situation right now.”

But Willmar Republican Dave Baker says:

“We have to make sure people are not getting double payments, if you will, or getting more than they should be getting.”

Bill sponsor, Eagan Democrat Laurie Halverson responds people receiving unemployment benefits are not eligible for welfare. There was a hearing but no vote in House committee.