Hochul announces bonuses to lure new healthcare workers
CBS News reports that Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $1.3 billion in funding for bonuses for health care workers and plans to increase wages for home health care aides on Aug. 3. There are currently more than 9,000 health care job openings across the state. "Easier means relieving the financial crunch that is required to get the education necessary. So today, we're here to announce the 1,000 winners of our 'Nurses for the Future' program," Hochul said. Bonuses will be awarded to workers who make less than $125,000 annually and remain in their positions for at least six months. Lee Zeldin, the Long Island Republican Congressperson running against Hochul, responded to the announcement writing on Twitter, "Kathy Hochul can start by giving all the healthcare workers she fired their jobs back with backpay! Turning heroes into zeroes for not wanting to get the COVID shot is as wrong today as it was when she first fired these health care workers." Read more about this story at CBS News.