Grocery and liquor store workers on the front lines of the pandemic (copy)

Dimitri Miras and Dustin Anderson wear face masks and gloves and stand behind a plastic barrier while working at the Cedar Mill Liquor Store in Portland in April 2020.

Oregon Democrats are reviving a proposal to provide essential workers who stayed on the job through the pandemic with a one-time stimulus payment of up to $1,000.

Workers in what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration classifies as medium- to very high-risk occupations would be eligible for the bonus if they worked an average of at least 20 hours per week in person from April to December 2020, made less than $22 an hour or $42,900 per year, and haven’t already received a bonus or hazard pay from the state for working during the pandemic.

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