A special panel resumes work this week (Tues) to narrow down *which* front line workers will share in 250 million dollars of COVID bonuses authorized by the Minnesota Legislature.    Health care workers, child care staff, education paraprofessionals, emergency responders and a plethora of other stakeholders have requests in.   Governor Tim Walz said there will be deserving frontline workers who don’t get a piece of the bonus package during September’s expected special session, but he says “that will motivate us to come back.”  Lisa Boulay with Bemidji Community Behavioral Health Hospital told lawmakers last week:

“Sure, I would love to get 15-hundred dollars, and I think I deserve 15-hundred dollars, but I’d rather get 200 dollars than nothing….  Actually, really, what needs to happen is the legislature needs to add more money to this.”