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Seniors take their turn with Capitol rally Tuesday

Supporters of programs for senior citizens plan a big rally at the Capitol Tuesday morning, as they push lawmakers to keep their programs intact during the budget cuts coming at the end of the session.
Their talking point: “Legislators need to resp

Supporters of programs for senior citizens plan a big rally at the Capitol Tuesday morning, as they push lawmakers to keep their programs intact during the budget cuts coming at the end of the session.

Their talking point: “Legislators need to respect their elders by passing a budget that treats seniors fairly.”

Seniors, care providers and long-term care supporters are expected at the 10 a.m. event, sponsored by the Long-Term Care Imperative, AARP, Seniors and Workers for Quality Care, and the Leadership Council on Aging.

They want “lawmakers to preserve jobs, ensure access to care and bring stability to rural communities by making funding for older adult services a priority.”

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They say the number of Minnesotans over 65 will grow by 40 percent over the next 10 years, yet programs and services for older and vulnerable Minnesotans have seen double-digit cuts in the past several years, leading to major financial problems for 63 nursing homes.