A $300 million bill creating a program for contact tracing, case investigation and follow-up services related to COVID-19 passed out of a key state House committee today. Representative Pat Garofalo of Farmington questioned the goal of the bill…

“This seems like a dramatic change in state policy. And to me, when I read this bill, this seems like this is “no, no no we’re not going to let anyone get infected,” that’s what our goal is.”

But Rochester Representative Tina Liebling says the bill is not a change of policy–it’s all about lessening risk for Minnesotans and its aim is to…

“Try to lock down people who have the disease so that the rest of people can feel the confidence to go about their business.”

The $300 million would come from the state’s share of federal CARES act funding.