A new bill proposed by Senate Republicans would provide 20 Million for financial help to the hospitality industry for their unsold products destroyed because of the government’s Covid-19 response.
To receive reimbursement, a business would have to file a report of what product they lost, including such things as the value of the products, and how those products were disposed of. The bill would also allow businesses to be reimbursed for the food and beverages they have donated.
“Bars and restaurants are being crushed by the stay-home order. I have been pressing the governor to give these businesses a chance to reopen safely, and I will continue to do that. But in the meantime, we have to take whatever measures we can to help these businesses survive. Every little bit helps,” said chief author John Jasinski in a press release.
The hospitality industry has been devastated by the stay-home order and the virus. Every little bit we can do will help, but it is no substitute for reopening. We've got to get these businesses open — safely — right away. #mnleghttps://t.co/CivPYgNZp9— John Jasinski (@SenatorJasinski) May 7, 2020
The bill would require that the commissioner of employment and economic development be in charge of the grants and would report the grants to committees in both parts of Minnesota congress in February 2021. The report would also contain a breakdown of where the money went by county and the total amount of grants.
No Democrats have signed on in the Minnesota Senate but two Democrats in the Minnesota House have introduced companion legislation.