Care workers raises in Minn. House health budget

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 10:59 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota House has passed a budget for health and social programs that includes small raises for nursing homes and long-term care workers but which critics say isn't enough for financially challenged homes in rural areas.

The House passed the Democratic-sponsored health and human services budget late Monday after almost 10 hours of debate. The 70-64 vote was mostly along party lines but with a few crossovers.

The long debate steered into abortion politics when Republicans and a handful of Democrats successfully attached a provision requiring licensing and inspection of abortion clinics. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed that requirement last year, and it's likely to face a tougher test in the Senate where fewer Democrats are opposed to legal abortion. A Senate alternative health budget will get a vote in that chamber too, which will set up a House-Senate conference committee.

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