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.
A state judicial panel has recommended Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and three others to Gov. Mark Dayton as he looks to fill two vacancies on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.