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Loss of revenue may be as impactful to local government as direct costs of COVID-19

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2020

Contact: Donald McFarland
Phone: 651-236-0494

Saint Paul, MN – Earlier today, State Auditor Julie Blaha joined State Auditors from Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on local government.

“Auditors across the Midwest are hearing what I’m hearing,” said Auditor Blaha. “The loss of revenue to local government may be as impactful as the direct costs of COVID-19. Delayed revenue and cash flow challenges may continue to affect local services and our safety nets.”

Blaha continued, “As we are making decisions to work our way out of this, we don’t want to punish the people who are getting us through this pandemic. Let’s remember, when we make sure that local governments get the resources they need, we get better schools, better safety, and better care from our health professionals.”

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The Office of the State Auditor is the constitutional office that oversees nearly $40 billion in local government finances for Minnesota taxpayers. The Office of the State Auditor helps to ensure financial integrity and accountability in local government financial activities. Julie Blaha is Minnesota’s 19th State Auditor. Follow us on Twitter @MNStateAuditor.

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