Beshear seeks legislative input on essential-worker bonuses


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state during a media conference at the Kentucky state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is seeking the legislature’s collaboration on his proposal to use federal pandemic aid to reward frontline workers with bonuses.

The governor sent a letter to top lawmakers this week. He’s asking that six lawmakers be selected to join a work group to fill in details of his plan.

The governor’s proposal is to use $400 million in pandemic assistance to award the extra pay to essential workers employed throughout the pandemic.

The work group would try to reach consensus on key issues — which professions should be included and the appropriate amount of payments.

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