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Advocates for Minnesotans with disabilities to rally at state Capitol Tuesday

Many legislators will speak at the 1 p.m. rally, as advocates seek a 5 percent increase for Home and Community-Based Services.

Many people with disabilities, along with families and advocates, will go to the  Capitol Tuesday to urge Minnesota legislators to pass a bill that would increase payments for home and community care.

The 1 p.m. rally in the Capitol rotunda is designed to raise attention to what they call the “5% bill.” It calls for a  5 percent rate increase for Home and Community-Based Services, which they say support 67,600 people with disabilities and 24,900 older adults across the state.

Organizers said they expect 1,200 people for the rally.

Scheduled to speak are:

  • Sen. Kent Eken, author of S.F. 1993 (5% bill)
  • Rep. Jerry Newton, author H.F. 2408 (5% bill)
  • Rep. Tom Huntley
  • Rep. Jim Abeler
  • Rep. Rod Hamilton
  • Sen. David Brown
  • Sen. David Hann
  • Sen. John Hoffman
  • Sen. Tom Lourey
  • Bruce Nelson, ARRM CEO;
  • DHS Commissioner, Lucinda Jesson
  • Chris Groska, self-advocate, Coon Rapids
  • Marie Bottelson, self-advocate.