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Disability and aging communities rally at Capitol, thankful for 5% raise in caretaker services

Gov. Mark Dayton will speak to the group, which achieved a major goal at the Legislature this year: a 5 percent rate increase for home and community-based services.

A gathering at the Minnesota state Capitol Tuesday will celebrate a major legislative victory for supporters of those with disabilities and the aging community: a 5 percent increase for home and community-based services.

The increase for providers had been a major push for supporters in wake of cuts over the previous four years.

A gathering from noon to 2 p.m. will include a talk by Gov. Mark Dayton and awards to legislators and citizens who helped push the agenda.

Organizers say community-based services touch the lives of more than 90,000 individuals and support caregiver and direct support jobs across Minnesota. The services include: home-delivered and congregate meals, homemaker and chore services, independent living skills training, direct support in foster care homes, personal care assistance and assisted living.

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Steve Larson, co-chair of The 5% Campaign, said:

“We are grateful the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Dayton prioritized older adults and people with disabilities by supporting a full five percent rate increase in 2014. This funding will help reduce employee turnover, improve quality care, and help people remain independent in their homes and active in their communities.”