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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)

November 18, 2020

Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Jim Hagedorn (MN-01), Tom Emmer (MN-06) and Pete Stauber (MN-08) wrote a letter to Governor Walz expressing concern over his newly announced restrictions on Minnesota small businesses. Despite imposing crippling restrictions on Minnesota’s service industry and economy, the governor has left millions of dollars in CARES Act funds allocated to the state unspent.

“Over the last several months, Minnesotans have worked tirelessly to save their businesses, reemploy staff, and restart our economy. Now, Minnesotans are scrambling for their livelihoods once more, even as funds sit idle that should provide them relief and security,” the lawmakers wrote. “As you force Minnesotans to close their businesses, we request that you immediately use the CARES Act money to provide Minnesota’s small businesses financial relief. Small business owners bear the cost of your new restrictions and it is imperative that these funds are used to assist them in their most dire hour.”

“Residents of long-term care facilities, senior citizens and those with underlying health issues are far more vulnerable and in need of additional protections. Meanwhile, the chance of survival for younger coronavirus patients is exceptionally high,” said Hagedorn. “These new lockdown regulations represent an unnecessary threat to our economy, livelihoods and society, and offer little benefit to those most vulnerable. Governor Walz should immediately yield his emergency powers and work with the members of the state legislature to implement any needed coronavirus-related measures.”

Read the full letter here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.