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Rep. Kotyza-Witthuhn votes to replenish Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, deliver bonus pay to frontline workers

Monday, April 25, 2022

St. Paul, MN - Tonight, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved legislation to fund $1 billion for bonuses to frontline workers, appropriate $2.7 billion to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, and expand unemployment insurance eligibility to hourly school workers.

State Representative Carlie Kotyza-Witthuhn (DFL - Eden Prairie), who authored the legislation (HF 3000) to include hourly school workers and fully fund the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, voted in favor of the legislation.

“When Minnesota puts our workers and families first, our economy grows,” said Rep. Kotyza-Witthuhn. “I’ve said from the very beginning: we can replenish the unemployment insurance trust fund, deliver the bigger bonus checks frontline workers deserve, and include our school hourly workers in this social safety net. With a historic budget surplus, we can support all Minnesotans.”

The investment in frontline worker bonuses would deliver $1,500 to more than 600,000 frontline workers, including health care workers, first responders, child care providers, food service and retail workers, and more.