(Alexandria, MN) Statewide a campaign is underway that seeks to raise the pay of direct care staff in a number of programs. Alexandria Opportunities Center opened their doors to a handful of these organizations from in and around Alexandria, as well as five state legislators. The goal is to increase funding for community-based services by 5%, but according to those hosting the meeting, any increase for some of these programs would be welcome news.
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State Senators Bill Ingebrigtsen [(R) Dist. 8] and Torrey Westrom [(R) Dist 12] were on hand, as well as representatives Jay McNamer [(D)12A], Bud Nornes [(R) 8A], and Mary Franson [(R) 8B]. All expressed interest in supporting the increase.
In 2012 the Department of Employment and Economic Development says there were roughly 90,880 jobs in Minnesota providing direct care services. The median wage for these workers has actually decreased by 5% from 2002 to 2012. Meanwhile inflation has gone up 28% over that same period.