As cities across the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, associations that represent cities are looking to the state’s share of federal dollars for COVID-19 to fill the gaps. As part of the federal CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill passed by Congress last week, each state will get money for COVID-19 response activities. Minnesota’s total allocation is $2.1 billion.

A portion of the money each state gets is set aside for local governments with populations of 500,000 or more. The only Minnesota jurisdictions that qualify are Hennepin and Ramsey counties. The remainder goes to the state with an expectation that at least some of those dollars will flow to smaller local governments.

In order to make the case that cities should have access to response dollars, CGMC sent this survey to CGMC members as well as potential member cities asking for information on the types of costs that cities have already incurred or expect to incur as part of their COVID-19 response efforts. Information on these expenses will be sent to the Governor’s office and key legislators to make the case that cities need assistance in responding to the crisis.

In order to put this issue on the radar for policymakers, the CGMC, along with the League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities and the Municipal Legislative Commission sent this letter to the Governor articulating the needs of cities.

Please be in touch with Bradley Peterson at bmpeterson@flaherty-hood.com with questions or more specific information on your city’s COVID-19 response.