Advocates for Minnesotans with disabilities to rally at state Capitol Tuesday

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.

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