MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA ~~ April 5, 2020 (LSN) Today, Governor Tim Walz and the State of Minnesota's Chief Financial Officer Myron Frans announced a projected $2.4 billion deficit through 2021. Governor Walz released the following response:
“Today’s budget outlook confirms what we suspected: COVID-19 will badly damage Minnesota’s economy.”
“As I said during my State of the State address, there is a long winter ahead. COVID-19 is upending life as we know it—and our economy will not be spared.”
“This will mean shared sacrifice among all of us. Hard decisions will be made.”
“But thanks to smart budgeting, Minnesota is in a much better position than other states to weather the storm. We must not undercut what got us there: Investing in our children. Expanding access to health care. Putting Minnesotans first.”
“These last few weeks have been difficult, and it’s only going to get harder.”
“It is more important than ever that we lead with our values and protect Minnesota’s quality of life.”
“Minnesotans will look out for one another. We will help each other back on our feet. We will get through this winter—together—and we will see spring.”
Also today, Governor Walz signed an Executive Order that will provide a roadmap for safely restarting elective surgeries. Starting next week, doctors, dentists, and veterinarians who create a plan to keep patients and healthcare professionals safe may begin offering these procedures, which can treat chronic conditions, prevent and cure disease, and relieve chronic pain.
This action will allow hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and clinics – whether veterinary, medical, or dental – to resume many currently-delayed procedures once facilities have developed criteria for determining which procedures should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic and provided a plan to maintain a safe environment for facility staff, patients, and visitors
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