Legislators question McKee’s plan to fund $3K state worker bonuses with ARPA dollars

Updated at 2:07 p.m.

GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE'S interest in using federal dollars to fund $3,000 in bonuses for union state workers that are vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of a new four-year contract agreement approved on Thursday between the state of Rhode Island and R.I. Council 94, is being met with criticism. Pictured is the R.I. Statehouse. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN
PROVIDENCE – The question of how to fund a $3,000 bonus for state union workers who are vaccinated against COVID-19 is at the center of the debate over use of the $1.1 billion the state received in American Rescue Plan Act funding. Gov. Daniel J. McKee has said federal dollars would be used to fund…

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