A bill with 10 million dollars to replenish the state’s Disaster Assistance Fund is headed to Governor Tim Walz after the Minnesota House unanimously approved it Thursday night following last week’s approval by the Senate. Cottage Grove Republican Tony Jurgens proposed the number be 43 million dollars, rather than 10. Jurgens asked fellow lawmakers, “Do we really want to take a chance that these funds are fully depleted before we even get to the tornado season, straight-line winds, forest fires?” But Winona Democrat Gene Pelowski responds that’s already being considered. “We have poised, both in the budget of the House and the governor’s budget, the funds that will be needed to carry us over the interim,” Pelowski says.
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