2021

MN Government Updates 04.15.2021

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


MN Government Updates 04.13.2021

Walz to Extend Emergency Powers

During a press availability with reporters today, Governor Tim Walz announced that he will be notifying the legislature tomorrow that he will extend his peacetime emergency powers for another 30 days.


MN Government Updates 04.07.2021

Walz Press Availability

Following an event today to highlight state efforts to connect food service works with COVID-19 vaccines, Governor Tim Walz took questions from reporters.


MN Government Updates 04.06.2021

Legislature Returns from Recess

The legislature returned today from the Easter/Passover recess. Committees met throughout the day and both chambers had brief floor sessions at noon.


MN Government Updates 03.26.2021

Legislative Recess Begins Tomorrow

The legislature will be in recess for the Easter and Passover holidays starting tomorrow. The recess will continue through Monday, April 5. Legislative activity will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.


MN Government Updates 03.25.2021

Walz to Announce Vaccine Eligibility Expansion Tomorrow

This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz’s office released the following statement:

“Tomorrow, Governor Walz will announce that all Minnesotans 16 years of age and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination beginning Tuesday, March 30. The final eligibility expansion comes as the federal government has promised an increased supply of vaccine by April, and as Minnesota has become a national leader in getting shots into arms quickly. This week Minnesota was ranked number one in the country for the percentage of vaccine doses administered to Minnesotans. The state has vaccinated 80% of our seniors, outperforming the nation, and has also vaccinated at least two-thirds of our school and child care personnel.”


MN Government Updates 03.19.2021

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


MN Government Updates 03.17.2021

Walz to Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure

Today, Governor Tim Walz’s office released the following statement after the governor and other state officials were potentially exposed to COVID-19 on Monday:


MN Government Updates 03.15.2021

Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency

As Minnesota ramps up vaccination distribution and monitors new variants of COVID-19, Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 21-12 to extend the peacetime emergency in Minnesota. The peacetime emergency is critical to the state’s ability to respond to the pandemic, including efficiently distributing the vaccine. The federal government and 48 other states remain in a state of emergency.


MN Government Updates 03.11.2021

Walz to Announce Changes to Business Restrictions Tomorrow

This afternoon, Governor Tim Walz told reporters that he is set to announce a “dial turn” of pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and social gatherings tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. to take effect as early as April. Among the changes, the governor suggested that high school proms and graduations are likely to happen as well as allowing a limited number of spectators to attend professional sporting events. Walz said tomorrow’s announcement is “probably our biggest turn” of the dial.


MN Government Updates 03.08.2021

Walz Announces Over 90% of Districts and Charter Schools Offering In-Person Learning

This morning, Governor Tim Walz visited a Twin Cities elementary school to announce that 92% of districts and charter schools in Minnesota are offering their students some form of in-person learning.


MN Government Updates 03.04.2021

Minnesota Senate to Take Up Security Funding, Tax Conformity Next Week

Today, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) announced that the Senate will take up two major bills next week – one relating to security funding and other relating to federal tax conformity.


MN Government Updates 03.03.2021

Walz Highlights Arrival of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine in Minnesota

Following a visit at M Health Fairview in Minneapolis to observe the arrival of the first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine into the state, Governor Walz held a media availability and took questions from reporters.


MN Government Updates 03.01.2021

Legislative Activity for March 1, 2021

Today, the Minnesota Senate passed Senate File 694. This legislation, authored by Senator Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls), extends the Minnesota Premium Security Plan, also known as reinsurance, for an additional year. The bill passed 39-28.


MN Government Updates 02.25.21

State to Vaccinate 70% of Seniors by End of March Before Expanding Vaccine Eligibility

Governor Tim Walz announced today that Minnesota will remain focused on vaccinating most of the state’s seniors before expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine. Governor Walz issued guidance to vaccinate 70% of adults 65 years of age and older before expanding eligibility, and aims to reach this goal by the end of March. The directive is the latest commitment of the Walz-Flanagan Administration to vaccinating seniors and keeping them safe.


MN Government Updates 02.24.21

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


MN Government Updates 02.11.21

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a press briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state.


MN Government Updates 02.10.21

State Releases January Revenue Review

Today, officials with Minnesota Management and Budget released last month’s revenue review. This report shows that net general fund revenues totaled $2.403 billion in January, $296 million (14.1 percent) more than forecast. Net receipts from the individual income, sales, and corporate taxes were above the forecast, while net other tax receipts matched the forecast.


MN Government Updates 02.08.21

Minnesota Expanding Vaccine Network with Pharmacy Vaccinations This Week

Minnesotans will have expanded access to COVID-19 vaccinations through pharmacies across the state this week, as the state participates in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and Governor Tim Walz reallocates vaccine doses not scheduled for use this week to retail pharmacies. The state is developing a diverse, stable network of different ways Minnesotans can get vaccinated so everyone has access to a vaccine opportunity, no matter where they live and no matter their personal circumstances.


MN Government Updates 02.01.21

Walz Administration Increases Vaccine Doses Available for Seniors, Launches Statewide Vaccine Finder

More than 35,000 Minnesotans age 65+ will have access to COVID-19 vaccines at over 100 clinics, hospitals, state community vaccination sites, and other locations across the state this week, Governor Tim Walz announced today. With an increased vaccine supply and after a successful two-week pilot to test the concept of community vaccination clinics, Governor Walz is now moving forward with an all-of-the-above approach to vaccine distribution that bolsters the proven network of local health care providers that will administer vaccines to most Minnesotans in the coming months, while also cementing the path forward for community vaccination sites.


MN Government Updates 01.27.21

Committee Deadlines Announced

Today, top leadership of the House and Senate announced the committee deadlines for the 2021 Legislative Session.


MN Government Updates 01.26.21

Walz Releases Budget Proposal

Today, Governor Tim Walz released his budget proposal for the next biennium. As outlined by the governor, the major areas of focus the proposed $52.4 billion budget include ensuring students catch up on learning, supporting small business, and helping working families. The proposal also includes raising taxes on high-income Minnesotans and corporations.


MN Government Updates 01.25.21

Walz Directs Changes to State’s Community Vaccination Efforts

Governor Tim Walz today announced updates to the state’s efforts to test the concept of COVID-19 community vaccination clinics. Last week, more than 13,300 Minnesotans were vaccinated at nine community clinics around the state. While the state continues to face a crippling vaccine supply shortage, Governor Walz has directed the state’s efforts toward preparing for the day supply meets demand.


MN Government Updates 01.25.21

Walz Directs Changes to State’s Community Vaccination Efforts

Governor Tim Walz today announced updates to the state’s efforts to test the concept of COVID-19 community vaccination clinics. Last week, more than 13,300 Minnesotans were vaccinated at nine community clinics around the state. While the state continues to face a crippling vaccine supply shortage, Governor Walz has directed the state’s efforts toward preparing for the day supply meets demand.


MN Government Updates 01.21.21

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


MN Government Updates 01.21.21

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials with the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters to update the public on the spread of COVID-19 in the state and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


MN Government Updates 01.19.21

Appointment Scheduling Opens for Vaccine Pilot Program

Today, the Minnesota Department of Health opened the appointment process for some Minnesotans eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination appointments will occur at one of the state’s nine community vaccination pilot clinics through a new website and call center. The clinics will initially serve adults age 65 and older, as well as prekindergarten through grade 12 educators, staff, and child care workers. (See Who's Getting Vaccinated?)


MN Government Updates 01.15.21

Minnesota Department of Health Urges Providers to Offer COVID-19 Doses to Broader Groups

Following significant changes in federal guidance on vaccine distribution earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today informed hospitals, health care systems, and other vaccination partners that they can provide vaccines to broader categories of Minnesotans – including Minnesotans 65 years of age and older.


MN Government Updates 01.13.21

Walz Extends Peacetime Emergency

Governor Tim Walz today signed Executive Order 21-04, extending the peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to the pandemic, including safely and effectively distributing the vaccine. Forty-eight other states remain in a state of emergency.


MN Government Updates 01.11.21

Minnesota Department of Health Briefing

This afternoon, officials from the Minnesota Department of Health conducted a media briefing with reporters tupdate the public on the spread of COVID-19 and discuss COVID-19 vaccination.


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