ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – State House lawmakers are proposing a $100 million stimulus package to help Minnesotans impacted by job losses during COVID-19 cover their rent.

Governor Tim Walz has put in place an executive order suspending evictions during the pandemic, but renters still need to pay their rent.

“Ultimately, Minnesotans can’t stay home and stay safe if they can’t afford to keep a roof over their heads,” said Rep. Mike Howard (D-Richfield). “That’s why we need to show urgency to pass housing assistance to Minnesotans and to do so very quickly.”

Howard says conversations have begun with members in the state Senate. Lawmakers plan to discuss the proposal more on April 14th.

As of today, around 255,000 Minnesota workers have filed for unemployment insurance.