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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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."