|Posted:||October 7, 2020 01:02 PM|
|From:||Representative Jennifer O'Mara|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Additional Funding For The COVID-19 Hazard Pay Program|
|During this unprecedented pandemic, many essential workers continue to go to work every day and are exposing themselves and their loved ones to the hazards of COVID-19. The risks they willingly choose to take on deserve suitable compensation. Their sacrifices should not go unnoticed.
In May of 2020, the General Assembly allocated $50 million in federal CARES Act funding to support the state’s COVID-19 Hazard Pay Program, which provides reimbursement-based grants to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining industries. For this program, the Department of Community and Economic Development received over 10,000 applications totaling roughly $900 million. The demand for this funding is clear, proving the importance and obligation we have as public servants to ensure that the program is recapitalized immediately.
Soon I will be introducing legislation to appropriate an additional $100 million to the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Program. In addition, my bill will extend the number of industries eligible to receive funding. We must do all that we can for those who are keeping the essential part of all of our lives moving forward, safely, and efficiently. It is the least that we can do for their willing sacrifices.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. Your consideration is greatly appreciated.
Introduced as HB2953