Minnesota leaders strike deal on unemployment insurance, frontline worker pay
April 29, 2022
Minnesota leaders struck a multibillion-dollar deal Wednesday night that aims to stave off tax hikes on state businesses while sending direct checks to workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
The tentative pact includes $500 million for workers such as nurses, longterm care employees and others who continued to work in person at the height of the pandemic, as well as $2.7 billion to refill the state's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.
"I am proud of this bipartisan agreement to provide hazard pay to frontline workers and relief for small-businesses owners, both of whom sacrificed a great deal during the pandemic to keep their communities safe and our economy strong," DFL Gov. Tim Walz said in a statement.