CT will begin issuing pandemic bonuses to private-sector workers on Feb. 1. More than 150,000 essential workers will receive payments.
Connecticut lawmakers may call a special session after elections to extend the gas tax holiday and add money to the Premium Pay Program.
Soaring demand for the COVID bonuses for essential private-sector workers could cut them from a promoted $1,000 to $200 or less.
Demand for the Premium Pay Program far outweighs what the state budgeted, leading some lawmakers to call for increased funding.
Connecticut has launched the Premium Pay Program and COVID-19 Relief Fund for essential workers during the pandemic. Here are the details.
CT Democrat comptroller candidate Sean Scanlon says $1,000 grants for essential private-sector workers shouldn’t be reduced.
Pandemic bonuses for CT private-sector essential workers will likely be reduced as surging demand tests the program’s budget.
The number of applications for pandemic bonuses for CT private-sector workers in the first days of the program crashed the program’s website.
Essential CT private-sector employees who staffed vital services during the pandemic can now apply for up to a $1,000 bonus from the state.
The state has awarded just 1.1% of the $34 million budget for the Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistance Program since it launched.
Labor advocates fear the state’s pandemic pay program for essential private workers may not have enough funds for all who risked their lives.
State employee unions say it’s time for government to compensate frontline workers who risked their lives in the pandemic.
The state budget, which could be adopted Monday, includes no major bailouts for businesses or essential private workers hurt by the pandemic.
Essential workers were recognized in Gov. Ned Lamont’s latest state budget, but they would receive much less aid than they sought.
Labor leaders say staffing shortages will become a pandemic unto themselves if essential workers aren’t properly compensated.