The Minnesota Legislature approved a 216 million dollar bill designed to assist businesses and workers who are being affected by the current four-week “pause” related to COVID-19. Lawmakers took the action in a special session Monday. State Senator Nick Frentz of North Mankato says last week’s budget forecast was key in allowing this package to move forward

“The state’s budget projections, for the current year, turned out better than expected,” said Frentz. “Because of that, this is exactly what we should be doing.”

That being said, Frentz says they need the federal government’s help.

“We have to have our federal government put aside the partisan politics, otherwise we’re going to lose businesses,” said Frentz.

The bill includes a 13-week extension on unemployment insurance. Many unemployment benefits related to COVID-19 were set to expire later this month.