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Restraining order granted in health-worker pay cut case

There’s been a temporary restraining order issued in the lawsuit we mentioned Wednesday: health care agencies and workers suing the state because of the pay cut for some workers that was enacted to help resolve the budget shutdown.

The new law, which went into effect Oct. 1, cuts state payments by 20 percent to health care agencies for personal care assistants who care for their own relatives.

The lawsuit claimed it was unconstitutional because it created two different classes of workers who do the same job and receive the same training.

Ramsey County Judge Dale Lindman saw enough merit in the lawsuit to grant the restraining order, prohibiting the state from cutting the payments for 30 days, while the suit is under consideration.

David Bradley Olsen, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, told MPR: “His ruling will benefit a lot of Minnesota families with mentally and physically disabled people.”

Gov. Mark Dayton plans to work to change the law during next year’s legislative session, his spokesperson said.

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