- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials in Alabama’s capital city have approved a hazard pay bonus for first responders and some workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Montgomery’s city-county personnel board voted Tuesday to give qualifying city workers an extra $2.50 per hour through the end of the year, news outlets reported.

The Montgomery County Commission also voted Tuesday to extend hazard pay to qualifying county workers, including some sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers, intake and transport clerks and youth facility detention officers.

“Montgomery’s front line city employees have taken care of us, so we will use every tool at our disposal to take care of them,” Mayor Steven Reed said in a statement Tuesday.

The funds were made available through the federal CARES Act, the $2.2 trillion aid package passed by Congress in March to help states cope with the coronavirus pandemic and outbreak-related expenses.



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