Walz signs 4th COVID-19 relief package; signs executive order that implements salary cuts for governor, staff

Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday signed the fourth legislation package passed by the Legislature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday to provide more flexibility for Minnesotans and many state departments during this time.

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It also increases access to affordable health care and ensures federal reimbursement for testing and coronavirus-related visits.

"Our team partnered with legislators on both sides of the aisle in putting together this legislation to help Minnesotans weather COVID-19," Walz said. "We will continue working with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure Minnesotans have the support they need during this pandemic."

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Also Wednesday, Walz signed Executive Order 20-36, which implements salary cuts for the governor, his chief of staff and cabinet members. The order comes on the heels of his direction to freeze hiring for executive branch positions, a measure that doesn’t require an executive order.

The order implements a 10% salary cut for the remainder of the year for the governor, chief of staff and cabinet agency commissioners.

On April 13, Minnesota Management and Budget instituted a hiring freeze on all executive branch positions. The order is effective immediately, according to the governor’s office.