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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2020

Contact: Donald McFarland
Phone: 651-236-0494

Saint Paul, MN – State Auditor Julie Blaha will vote yes on Executive Order 39 which provides administrative flexibility to the Department of Human Rights at this afternoon’s Executive Council Meeting. The modifications to deadlines and modes of communication will protect Minnesotans’ right to seek redress for discrimination during the pandemic.

“On one level, today’s order helps a state agency continue to serve Minnesota despite the complications of social distancing," said Auditor Blaha. "On a deeper level, the order reminds us to stand up for our neighbors who experience discrimination.”

Reacting to increased discrimination and hostility leveled against Asian Americans in our state during the pandemic, Auditor Blaha said, “When we say ‘we are all in this together’, all means all. There is no place in Minnesota for racism, and exploiting a crisis to discriminate against Asian-Americans is particularly vile. I urge any who have been targeted or have witnessed such targeting to report it, and all Minnesotans to do their part to stop this mistreatment."

Stay safe, stay connected, and stay on track.

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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.