Democrats and Minnesota’s front-line workers continue pushing for COVID bonuses in a virtual news conference this afternoon (1pm) at the State Capitol.  D-F-Lers want a billion dollars for 15-hundred-dollar bonuses going to 667-thousand essential workers.  They’re trying to get Senate Republicans to agree, by offering them a billion dollars to replenish the COVID-depleted Unemployment Insurance Fund and avoid some business tax increases

The Republican-controlled Senate is scheduled to vote on its bill Monday that would designate 2.7 billion dollars to repay the federal government and replenish the Unemployment Insurance Fund.  G-O-P leaders say the legislature should stick with the original 250-million-dollar figure for COVID front-line worker bonuses.