The Minnesota Senate has passed a bill to fund jobs programs as the legislature works toward finishing the state budget before the July 1st deadline.  But Saint Paul Democrat Erin Murphy says the bill does *not* help front-line workers who had to use vacation time, or go without pay, when they got sick with COVID:

“I thought employers would do the right thing but they’re not — not without our help.  And that provision should be in this bill, and it’s not.”

Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responded they have an agreement on worker bonuses:

“Well over 200 million dollars that we’re gonna provide in worker bonuses for many of those folks that have been on the front lines.”

Murphy said she’s aware of those discussions but wanted to say something publicly:

…”to urge the voices of this body and Minnesotans to push to make sure it gets done.”