A bill that would allocate $100 million to help thousands of Minnesota renters and homeowners with their rent and mortgage payments during COVID-19 is moving forward at the State Capitol. At a hearing today, Republican Representative Brian Johnson of Cambridge opposed the measure…

“Our reserves are probably going to be spent just to fulfill the budget for the rest of this year. I don’t know where we’re going to find a $100 million.”

But Democratic Representative Mike Howard of Richfield countered…

“To the $100 million and whether we can afford to do this: I would argue based on the testimony we heard today we can’t afford not to.”

The bill also aims to help Minnesotans pay utility bills and property taxes.