Frontline Worker Pay Working Group to Allocate Funds to Essential Workers

August 23, 2021

The working group will develop recommendations for who is eligible to receive $250 million in direct financial support for frontline workers.

A Frontline Worker Pay Working Group has been established to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding the disbursement of $250 million in direct financial support to frontline workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group convened several times over the past three weeks to hear public testimony and discuss the eligibility criteria for who is to receive funds. The working group must submit their recommendations to the governor and House and Senate leadership by Sept. 6, 2021.

Members of the working group

House members:

  • Cedric Frazier (DFL-New Hope)
  • Anne Neu Brindley (R-North Branch)
  • Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley)

Senate members:

  • Senator Karin Housley (R-Stillwater)
  • Senator Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake)
  • Senator Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul)

Executive branch members:

  • Commissioner Robert Doty, Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Commissioner Steve Grove, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Commissioner Roslyn Robertson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Potential impact on cities

League staff continue to monitor the hearings for issues that may impact cities, including whether public safety personnel will be included in the disbursement of funds and also any implications the financial support may have on cities as employers.

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