In debate on the Senate Omnibus Jobs, Energy and Commerce Policy Supplemental Finance and Policy bill yesterday, an amendment was introduced and adopted by the Senate majority that would limit the ability of frontline workers to receive hero pay.
In response, Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul) issued the following statement:
“Our frontline workers went to work to keep Minnesotans safe and our economy open during the most difficult moments of the pandemic. Now, instead of doing whatever is necessary to get them the pay they were promised last year, Senate Republicans are creating unnecessary hurdles that will only make it more difficult for them to get what they deserve. These workers have been waiting for many, many months for the Legislature to come together and fulfill its commitment to them. Yesterday, the Senate Majority introduced an amendment to the Jobs Omnibus bill that not only eliminates the majority of frontline workers from eligibility, but creates an impossible standard with no way to meet it. The bill puts an undue burden of proof on the people we call heroes. Instead of continuing to delay this pay by adding roadblocks, I call on my colleagues across the aisle to live up to our promise and find agreement to deliver frontline worker pay to the 667,000 Minnesotans who couldn’t stay home.”