Lt. Governor Zuckerman Statement in Support of Essential Worker Grant Program
Like many state leaders, I believe that essential workers deserve both recognition and fair pay. During this pandemic, we’ve come to see the absolutely essential work provided by grocery store workers, pharmacy workers, janitors, trash collectors, child care workers, and assisted living and nursing home caregivers, among others. Imagine where we would be without them.
I’m really pleased that the Senate is taking steps to recognize and honor these essential workers. The fact is some of them could make more money on unemployment, yet they come to work to serve their fellow Vermonters. I think this situation exposes how important these folks are every day whether in a pandemic or not.
Essential workers who have frequent contact with members of the public are putting their lives on the line risking exposure to COVID-19. Let’s honor them with this well-deserved benefit.
Whether it be our front line essential workers or those temporarily unemployed, all of this money will be used to pay for critical bills like food, utilities, car payments, rent, and mortgage payments, which will make our recovery stronger when we get to the other side of the pandemic.
This Essential Worker Grant Program is a completely appropriate use of some of the Federal money coming to the state through the CARES Act.