Leaders of Minnesota’s restaurant and bar industry say the legislature must provide additional state aid to businesses on the verge of collapse due to COVID restrictions. Hospitality Minnesota’s Liz Rammer:

“The 215 million dollars is certainly a good start in the state relief, but it hardly makes a dent in many of these businesses, when you look at the fact that they’ve been closed down for four or five months in total for the entire year.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says they’ll look at other ways to help small businesses — but…

“We have to balance a budget that’s gonna be over a billion dollars short, and so it makes it difficult.”

Rammer suggests property tax or sales tax relief… waiving regulatory fees… expanding alcohol-to-go, including growlers and cocktails… and capping delivery fees to help restaurants and bars control expenses.