State Rep. Paul Marquart (D-Dilworth) represents Minnesota's District 4B.

One local lawmaker was disappointed to see his bill to help rural Minnesota recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic fail to make it out of the special session.

Chief author of the House CARES Act Paul Marquart, of Dilworth, says the $841 million dollar bill would help counties and cities recover expenses for law enforcement, health care, first responders, mental health and more. Ten percent would also be targeted to local economic security.

Marquart says the bill is unique in that 54 percent of the bill’s funding would go to rural counties.

Stevens County is slated to receive $1,214,000 dollars. Other county totals include:

Big Stone $652,000

Grant $774,000

Pope $1,393,000

Swift $1,221,000

Traverse $439,000

Morris would receive $411,000 dollars.

While the bill didn’t pass in the special session Marquart thinks the governor could enact the program without legislative approval. If he doesn’t, Marquart thinks there will be another special session in July to deal with the same issues.


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