Walz, Midwest governors send letter to Washington urging more support for states

Walz, Midwest governors send letter to Washington urging more support for states Photo: KSTP-TV.

Updated: October 15, 2020 04:49 PM
Created: October 15, 2020 04:27 PM

Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday, along with Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, and Tony Evers, of Wisconsin, sent a letter to Washington urging more support for states.

The letter was sent to President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, urging them to pass a bipartisan bill to provide more relief to states in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The coronavirus is more than a public health emergency, it is also a continuing economic crisis for the residents and businesses in our states," the letter said in part. "The coronavirus knows no state lines and prioritizing the health of our workers and residents is critical. Yet, as we continue our efforts to contain the virus and mitigate its economic fallout, we confront both declining state budget revenue and the looming cutoff of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars that have been critical to our states' pandemic response plans and economic relief programs. We implore you to put differences aside and agree to another, much-needed COVID-19 relief bill."

The governors also stressed the importance of ensuring funding for testing, personal protective equipment and contact tracing.

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