On the same day that Senate Republicans proposed a multi-billion-dollar tax cut, House Democrats passed a $1 billion package to deliver $1500 in onetime bonus pay to essential frontline workers. This proposal is unfinished work from the end of the 2021 legislative session and has been a priority of Senate DFLers.
The morning of the bill’s passage, Senate DFLer’s joined House colleagues and frontline workers in a press conference calling for action in the Senate on this issue. While Senate Republicans have decided that indiscriminate tax cuts are worth spending our budget surplus on, they have refused to include bonus pay for frontline workers. Senate DFLers are united in their belief that all essential frontline workers are worthy of this bonus and refuse to pick winners or losers.
Despite words praising the sacrifice of our frontline workers, Senate Republicans have not followed up with action. Until they do, Senate DFLers will continue to push for the passage of legislation that will provide our workers with the bonus pay they have earned.