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ST. PAUL —This afternoon, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Omnibus Health and Human Services Finance conference committee report, reversing the 20 percent wage cut to Personal Care Attendants (PCA) providing care to a relative. This cut is the result of last year’s budget stalemate that led to a government shutdown.
Reversal of this PCA cut is only for this fiscal year and will still go into effect in the next biennium. Additionally, the bill requires the Commissioner of Human Services to study and report on the feasibility of licensing Personal Care Attendant Services by Jan. 15, 2013.
A strong proponent of reversing last year’s cuts to PCA’s, Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) was relieved by this reversal, but also recognized the fight is not over in counteracting the many harmful cuts from last year’s budget stalemate.
“There were many harmful consequences of last year’s budget, with this cut being one of the most egregious.
“While I am pleased we were able to right one of the many wrong’s resulting from last year’s government shutdown, there are still strides to be made in ensuring we are doing right by Minnesotans, especially those who devote their lives to caring for the most vulnerable among us.
“The amount of time spent by legislators and advocacy groups in reversing this cut—a cut that should have never happened in the first place—is a reminder that our actions have consequences. It’s a reminder that Minnesotans depend on us to work together so that we can avoid the types of budget stalemates that produce such devastating results."
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