A special panel goes into the holiday and Monday’s Labor Day deadline without agreement on *which* front-line workers will share in COVID bonuses authorized by the legislature. Republican Senator Karin Housley stresses there’s 250 million dollars available and…
“We all agree that long term care workers, assisted living, nurses, nursing homes, law enforcement, health care providers, first responders — all were at increased risk.”
Democratic Representative Cedrick Frazier from New Hope says that excludes a “large swath” of workers:
…”that showed up every single day and put their lives at risk, and put their family’s lives at risk, their kids’ lives at risk to do the job of an essential worker, because the state we said, you need to show up to work.”
Democrats have proposed partial bonuses for a larger group of workers, with the remainder paid when the legislature approves additional funds.