State leaders celebrate frontline worker bonuses, unemployment insurance deal

It will take months to get the checks to workers, and businesses may have to wait if they want payments from the state


Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill to direct payments to frontline workers and replenish the unemployment trust fund during a ceremony Monday at the State Capitol.

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesota's frontline pandemic workers will get payments of about $750 and businesses will be spared a sizable tax increase as part of an agreement celebrated Monday at a State Capitol ceremony marking the biggest accomplishment so far this legislative session.

It was a moment workers and business owners had waited months to see, as lawmakers struggled to broker a deal until the final weeks of a session tinged with election-year politics.

"That $750 to the median income of Minnesota, that equals a month's rent. That equals groceries. ... That's money that can be put back into their savings accounts. So it is important," Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, said as she tried to hold back tears. "But we still have work to do."


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