One issue returning to lawmakers’ plates in 2022 is COVID bonuses for Minnesota’s front line workers.  The 2021 Legislature authorized 250 million dollars, but Republicans and Democrats haven’t been able to agree on *which* workers will share in it.  Pointing to the big budget surplus, Governor Tim Walz proposed quadrupling the pot of money to one billion dollars, so 667-thousand workers would get 15-hundred dollars each.  But Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller contends, move forward with the agreed-upon amount:

“We have a proposal, 250 million dollars, that we have put forward that really focuses on the front-line workers who took the most risk during the pandemic to help keep people safe.”