Our budget proposal prioritizes assisting those impacted by COVID-19, and includes significant investments in students, workers, families, and small businesses.
Supporting Women, Workers, and Frontline Heroes
The bills we passed off the House floor last week were reflective of the values proposed in our budget, and included the Preventing Discrimination Act, and legislation extending worker’s compensation benefits for public safety and health care workers, providing assistance for laid off hospitality and service sector workers, and establishing Earned Sick and Safe Time for all Minnesotans.
Too many Minnesotans have to decide between a paycheck or taking care of a loved one or themselves. Regardless of whether we’re in a pandemic, staying home when we’re sick makes sense, and employees deserve the economic freedom to do so when they need to. Under this legislation, workers would earn at least one hour of paid Earned Sick and Safe Time for every 30 hours worked, up to at least 48 hours per year. Minnesotans can use this time to tend to their own physical or mental health needs, or a family member’s.