COVID “hero pay” bonuses of  just under 500 dollars ($487.45) begin going out today (Wed) to just over one million Minnesota front-line workers.  Officials say those choosing direct deposit should receive payment within seven to 10 business days; those who chose payment via debit card will be mailed their bonus within three to four weeks.  Department of Labor and Industry’s Nicole Blissenbach says:

“Final payments (are) not taxable at the state level, however the payments are taxable at the federal level.  We couldn’t change that through this legislation.”

Blissenbach says everyone who applied for a hero bonus should receive an e-mail by the end of the day today (Wed) informing them of the final status of their application.  About 1.2 million Minnesotans applied.  State officials initially denied about 214 thousand of those claims, but about 50-thousand were re-instated on appeal.