Beshear asks legislators to help craft plan for essential worker bonuses

FRANKFORT, Ky. — We are learning some new details about Gov. Andy Beshear’s proposal to pay bonuses to essential workers who have stayed at their jobs throughout the pandemic.

Beshear wants to use $400 million in stimulus money to pay for the program, and he is asking legislative leaders to help fill in the blanks on who would qualify for the money.

In a letter to lawmakers, the governor suggested nurses, police officers, firefighters, teachers, grocery store workers and agriculture workers as potential recipients. Beshear also asked legislators to appoint four Republicans and two Democrats to a panel to work with members of his administration to hammer out details of the plan.

The money will not be available until next year.