Another bill from last year was actually signed into law, but the continued need for this policy required an update. At the onset of the pandemic in our state, we passed a bill making the presumption that if a public safety of health care worker contracted COVID-19, they did so while in the line of duty and are therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The current law expires May 1, and while it certainly seems like brighter days are ahead, that expiration date is too soon to ensure that the Minnesotans that keep our state healthy and safe will be looked after in the event they get sick. The new bill would extend that deadline until the end of this year.
Other bills passed last week include the Preventing Discrimination Act, which prohibits employers from requesting a prospective employee’s pay history - too often perpetuating the paygap between women and their while male counterparts, and a bill aimed at assisting hospitality and service workers laid off due to the pandemic in gaining their jobs back.
With the exception of the workers’ compensation bill, these proposals that would provide sorely-needed assistance to Minnesotans face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled senate, where they would rather provide assistance to corporations than working Minnesotans.
Corporations Paying their Fair Share
Did you know that Zoom, a company that experienced a 4000% profit increase last year, will pay $0 in federal taxes? They are not alone. For years, multinational corporations have used tax schemes to avoid paying taxes, and it is costing states billions of dollars.
Last week, I presented my bill to crack down on companies that shelter profits overseas. It should be a no-brainer. Whether we have a deficit or surplus shouldn't dictate what is plainly right and wrong. There is no justification to allow multinational corporations to continue avoiding paying their fair share while Minnesotans and our small businesses play by the rules.