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Pandemic frontline workers will each get $487 from state

More than 1 million people will receive payments, which start going out Wednesday


October 4, 2022

David Joles, Star Tribune

Frontline worker Keith Farr, a meat cutter at Lunds & Byerlys, spoke during a news conference at the State Capitol announcing Frontline Worker Pay of $487 per eligible worker will go out to more than a million Minnesotan frontline workers this week.

Pandemic frontline workers will each get $487.45 from the state, in a long-awaited recognition of people who played key roles as COVID-19 swept Minnesota.

State officials will send out payments to more than 1 million people, significantly more than initially anticipated. The money will start going out Wednesday, state leaders said.

Legislators and Gov. Tim Walz agreed in April to spend $500 million on worker payments after lengthy negotiations. They estimated that if 667,000 eligible workers qualified for the program, each person would get $750.


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