ST. PAUL, Minn. – With an approximate budget surplus of $7.7 billion in Minnesota, Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) issued the following statement calling for frontline worker pay to be the first item addressed in the 2022 Legislative Session:
“Before any other order of business, the legislature must meet its commitment to frontline workers. Given the historic surplus, we must honor their work and our word by giving each of the 667,000 frontline workers in our state the full $1,500 identified by the working group. I invite Senate Republicans, our business community, and leaders in the healthcare industry to join me by making our priority frontline worker pay before we engage in the balance of work of the 2022 session.
“As we enter a grim winter with a sustained delta surge, frontline workers across Minnesota are bearing the brunt of the disease that continues to rage because of political misinformation. With nearly two years on the frontline of the pandemic, they are fatigued and burdened by the grief that comes with experiencing sustained loss.
“While most of us stayed home, they went to work to keep us healthy, to keep us alive, and to keep our economy going. They deserve frontline worker pay and they deserve our efforts to end the pandemic. The state’s budget gives us the means to do right by the frontline workers who have done so much for us. It must be our first priority.”