Gov. Beshear Arguing For Essential Worker Bonuses Using ARP Money

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(Frankfort, KY) - Governor Andy Beshear is proposing that the commonwealth use $400 million in American Rescue Plan funds to give bonuses to essential workers who stayed in their positions through the pandemic. 

Beshear says the bonuses would be a "reward or hero bonus" to compensate workers for the time spent in risky situations as the pandemic has dragged on.

The governor says he plans to send his recommendation and a plan to execute it to the General Assembly in the coming days. 

He says lawmakers and the executive branch will have to work through the details of the plan together.

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