MN Nursing Home Pay Hike 18 May 13

The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5% pay increase. The pay hike is included in a broader, $6-billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed Friday night by a party-line vote of 73-61. It’s 1 of the biggest chunks of state spending and includes funding for services for the poor, elderly and disabled. The Democratic-drafted bill trims spending on such programs by $50-million compared to projected demand for the services, which is a smaller reduction than DFL legislative leaders wanted but bigger than that sought by Governor Dayton. It’s the first pay increase for nursing home workers in four years. The bill also has a smaller, 1% hike for care workers for the disabled. The bill awaits a final vote in the Senate.