Austin First Responders Upset Over City’s Hazard Pay Plans

The City of Austin, Texas has announced that some city employees will be receiving “hazard pay” as a result of working during the coronavirus outbreak. Austin officials have announced that some city workers will receive a one-time lump-sum payment as a reward for coming to work during the height of the pandemic. The one-time payment could be as much as $1,000 per employee. However, the city has opted to keep first responders, i.e. police officers, firefighters, and EMTs out of the newly proposed “hazard pay” program. Here is more on the story from Austin’s ABC affiliate KVUE.

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