Dems Vow to Continue Push for Front Line Worker Bonuses
ST. PAUL -- Senate Minority Leader Meliza Lopez Franzen says Democrats will continue pressing for bonuses for 667-thousand front-line workers, after Republicans refused to include them in a bill to forestall unemployment insurance tax increases on Minnesota businesses.
Minneapolis Democrat Omar Fateh said during Monday's floor debate:
"This body is now showing, time and time again, that it's ready to jump on command for the chamber of commerce, but do zero to help our front-line workers and our regular, everyday Minnesotans."
But Big Lake Republican Mary Kiffmeyer said:
"It's very clear according to our Senate rules that this amendment ...needs to be dealt with in a different way, in a different place, in a different bill."
Democrats who control the Minnesota House have signaled they'd approve a billion dollars to beef-up unemployment insurance -- *if* Republicans approve a billion dollars for front-line worker COVID bonuses.
This story is courtesy of the Minnesota News Network.