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Frontline Worker Pay Working Group

Active dates:2021

The working group must make a recommendation for the disbursement of $250,000,000 in direct financial support to frontline workers, including but not limited to long-term care workers. In developing its recommendation, the working group must consider factors including a frontline worker's increased financial burden and increased risk of virus exposure due to the nature of their work.

The working group must submit proposed legislative language implementing its recommendations to the governor, speaker of the house, and senate majority leader by September 6, 2021. For the working group to adopt a recommendation, seven of nine members must vote to approve it. If seven of nine members do not approve a single recommendation, then the working group may present not more than three drafts of legislation implementing potential options.


The speaker of the house must designate one member to convene the first meeting. Meetings of the working group must be open to the public. The Legislative Coordinating Commission must provide physical or electronic meeting space and other administrative support as requested by the working group. The working group expires upon submission of the proposed legislation required by subdivision 5.


The working group consists of nine members:

  • two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
  • one member of the house of representatives appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives;
  • two members of the senate appointed by the senate majority leader;
  • one member of the senate appointed by the minority leader of the senate; and
  • three members representing the executive branch appointed by the governor.

All appointments under this subdivision must be made by July 15, 2021. The working group must elect a chair and vice-chair from among its members.

The following individuals will serve on the working group: Rep. Ryan Winkler (chair), Rep. Cedrick Frazier, Rep. Anne Neu Brindley, Sen. Karin Housley (vice chair), Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, Sen. Erin Murphy, Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove, Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Roslyn Robertson, and Department of Revenue Commissioner Robert Doty.

Minnesota's divided Legislature clashes on tax cuts, frontline worker pay. Star Tribune, 2/25/2022.
Private talks resume over plan for $250M hero pay for Minnesota's front-line workers. Duluth News Tribune, 11/4/2021.
Unable to agree, Minnesota working group punts $250 million hero pay decision to Legislature. Duluth News Tribune, 10/27/2021.
Majority Leader appointment to the Frontline Worker Pay Working Group. Letter from Sen. Paul Gazelka, 7/19/2021.
Next job for Minnesota lawmakers: Spend $250 million on front-line worker aid. Star Tribune, 7/18/2021.
Minority Leader appointment to the Frontline Worker Pay Working Group. Letter from Rep. Kurt Daudt, 7/15/2021.
Speaker's appointment to the Frontline Worker Pay Working Group. Letter from Speaker Melissa Hortman, 7/13/2021.
Governor Walz Appoints Commissioners Grove, Robertson, Doty to Frontline Worker Pay Working Group. Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, 6/14/2021.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2021-2022.
Record last updated: 02/28/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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