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Caregivers score win at Capitol

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Apr 1, 2014 at 4:55 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Caregivers for the disabled and elderly are on the verge of a major victory.

Lawmakers from both parties in the Minnesota House and Senate are committing to a 5 percent state rate increase aimed at preserving quality care for more than 92,000 people. Budget bills using the state's remaining surplus now follow through on the rate allowance.

House leaders upped the amount Monday after previously setting aside slightly less. The Senate has also included the full among in its budget.

Advocates for the new spending say it's needed to assure competitive pay and reduce high turnover among personal caregivers.

The Legislature is working to dispense with about half of a $1.2 billion projected surplus. Lawmakers already devoted the other half to tax relief and an enhanced state reserve account.

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