Minnesota approves over 1 million for frontline worker pay with payments starting Wednesday

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(ABC 6 News) – Governor Tim Walz announced on Monday that 1,025,655 Minnesotans were approved for frontline worker pay with payments expected to rollout on Wednesday.

The Frontline Worker Pay bill was signed into law by Gov. Walz on April 29, and dedicated $500 million for equal payments to eligible applicants. Therefore, each approved applicant will be awarded $487.45.

Walz says that state officials will begin sending payments October 5, and will continue to process payment information through the fall.

“I’m grateful for the work Minnesotans did to help people across our state stay healthy and safe through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Walz. “Frontline workers are an important part of the fabric of our state and helped us continue functioning during the pandemic. Now, I’m proud to say these workers will receive $487.45 in recognition from the State of Minnesota.”

Earlier this year, state officials estimated 667,000 Minnesotans would be deemed eligible, and that the checks could range anywhere from $500-750 depending on the final number eligible.

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In August, according to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, more than 214,000 Minnesotans were denied, with many feeling the process was confusing and frustrating.

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Approved applicants who chose to receive payment via ACH direct deposit will see funds deposited within 7 to 10 business days; those who chose to receive payment via debit card will be mailed their funds within three to four weeks.

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