State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

While not being critical of Governor Walz’s Stay-at-Home directive, State Representative Jeff Backer of Browns Valley told the KMRS Legislator’s Corner that COVID-19 has hit the large population centers of the state much harder than rural Minnesota and was hoping the governor would take a more nuanced approach to rolling out the order.

“What’s going on in Hennepin/Ramsey is totally different than what’s going on in Stevens County, Traverse County, Big Stone, other parts of it,” said Backer. “So we wanted more of a regional approach. One blanket does not fit all. That was our concern.”

Last week, the State Legislature passed a bill authorizing over $300 million to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic and its economic effects.

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