A plan to increase wages for home- and community-based workers who care for elderly and disabled Minnesotans was approved by a House committee.
The Ways and Means Committee approved an amendment from Rep. Tom Huntley, DFL-Duluth. It raised the proposed increase from 4 to 5 percent, costing an additional $16 million, Huntley said.
A spokesman for the House DFL caucus said caregivers suffered a 1.7 pct cut in 2011. In 2013, the spokesman said, the Legislature "bought back" that cut and added on a 1 percent increase. This new increase is on top of that, resulting in a total 7.7 pct increase since the previous budget, he said.
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Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Wednesday that Senate Democrats would support whatever special session deal that their fellow DFLers, Gov. Mark Dayton, is able to strike with GOP House Speaker Kurt Daudt.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, whose office audits 59 of 87 Minnesota counties among other responsibilities, said a technical glitch in the state government finance bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session could leave those counties without any auditing.