Minnesota House Democrats are trying to entice Senate Republicans into beefing-up funding for front-line worker COVID bonuses, by offering GOP lawmakers some of what they want to avoid business tax increases. Democrats propose one billion dollars to replenish the COVID-depleted Unemployment Insurance Fund but also signal that, in exchange, they want one billion dollars for bigger COVID bonuses for more workers — something Republicans are resisting:
“Whatever we do, we have to make sure that we’re honoring our workers. We cannot put the sole focus and take care of our business(es). ”
…says New Hope Democrat Cedrick Frazier. But Red Wing Republican Barb Haley says Democrats’ one-billion-dollars to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Fund is not enough:
“This bill solves only part of the problem. The bill doesn’t address returning the (Unemployment Insurance Trust) Fund to solvency.”
Senate Republicans propose 2.7 billion dollars — nearly three times what House Democrats are offering.