Minnesota House Democrats are hoping to ease uncertainty created by a call to cut $150-million from state health and social service budgets by vowing increased payments to nursing homes and similar caregivers. Democrats made the pledge to increase nursing home payments on Thursday. They have not said how much of an increase nursing home and long-term care workers can expect. Their pay depends on rates set by the state and money it provides. Democrats also avoided saying what else in the health and welfare budget areas would face cuts or surcharges to compensate for their long-term care commitment. Even small cost of living increases for those workers add up to tens of millions of dollars. A budget plan is due out next week.