Officials say the state has started to make unemployment assistance payments to self-employed Minnesotans, independent contactors and others who normally are not eligible for jobless benefits. It’s part of special coronavirus assistance that Congress passed and President Trump signed into law March 27th. Commissioner Steve Grove says Minnesota is one of the first states in the nation to implement all three components of the federal CARES Act. He says critical financial assistance will go to hundreds of thousands of people impacted by the COVID pandemic.
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