Oregon Democrats are reviving a plan to pay up to $1,000 in incentive money to workers who stayed on the job during the pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of employees may receive a second incentive premium.
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Those who personally work at least 20 hours per week from April to December 2020, earn less than $22 per hour, or $42,900 per year, and have not yet received a state bonus or hazard compensation for continuing to work during the pandemic, are eligible for a bonus, according to the Oregonian.
According to Entrepreneur, Rep. Andrea Valderrama, a co-sponsor of the bill, stated that they have requested documents from the Oregon Employment Department regarding the number of employees eligible for a one-time payment. At least 230,000 Oregon employees may qualify for the state’s corona stimulus check.
$1,000 per resident
Last spring, Oregon lawmakers considered legalizing incentive payments of up to $2,000 for essential workers and $1,200 for economically inactive citizens who returned to work but were rejected. Now, however, according to Ms. Valderrama, American Rescue Act funds can support payments of up to $1,000, according to The sun.
Immigrant groups in Oregon received about $100 million in local and state funding and donations from the Oregon Worker Relief Fund during the pandemic. The stimulus money would go to those communities. So far unconfirmed, Oregon would become the last state to implement a stimulus program.
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