ST. PAUL, Minn. – In response to the growing challenge of the spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota, a $331.5 million legislative package was passed today providing additional resources for state agencies, workers, businesses, and other entities in the fight against the virus.
“This bill will provide additional resources and immediate relief for many Minnesotans as we fight the COVID-19 virus and its effects on our state, but there is much more work to be done,” said Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood). “There’s tremendous uncertainty for thousands of Minnesotans right now, especially those hourly workers at our schools who are suddenly without a paycheck. I will continue to fight in the Senate for each of these workers. We won’t forget them!”
As ranking lead on the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee, Senator Chuck Wiger was the Senate DFL lead on efforts to provide pay for hourly workers in schools who can no longer work during the school shutdown. Despite the efforts of DFLers in both the House and the Senate, a final compromise securing this pay was not included in the legislation. In fact, no proposal was put forward by the Senate GOP caucus addressing this issue. Senator Wiger will continue to fight for legislation to help these workers moving forward.
“Through no fault of their own, these dedicated employees cannot receive a paycheck, and it’s wrong to not give them the support they need during a public health crisis,” said Senator Wiger. “I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to join us in finding a solution that helps these workers as soon as possible.”