Physicians with a group called the Committee to Protect Health Care are calling on state Senate Republicans to “stop obstructing frontline worker pay for nurses, school employees, retail and childcare workers and other employees” who were at risk during the pandemic.  Doctor Sarah Lawrence, internal medicine resident in southern Minnesota says:

“Minnesotans still await a deal that would send front-line work payments, repay the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and prevent a tax increase ahead of the April 30th tax filing deadline for businesses.”

Senate Republicans are sticking with the 250 million dollars for COVID worker bonuses that the legislature authorized last year.  House Democrats say the huge budget surplus allows that number to grow to a billion dollars and give thousands more of Minnesota’s front line workers substantial bonuses.