News & Media Coverage
(Best Life Alliance was formerly known as The 5% Campaign)

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Julie Peters,
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 3.15.17  Waseca County News: Direct care industry facing hiring crunch locally, statewide
 3.14.17  Mankato Free Press: Hundreds rally at Capitol for elderly, disabled support raise
 3.14.17  KAAL-TV: People with Disabilities and their Caregivers will Rally at the State Capitol
 3.14.17  InForum: CCRI caregivers travel to Minnesota Capitol to fight for better wages
 3.10.17  Lake County News Chronicle: DAC faces hiring shortage
 3.09.17  Eden Prairie News: DSP hiring crisis impacts people with disabilities in Eden Prairie
 2.24.17  Albert Lea Tribune: Guest Column: Many opportunities for progress at the Capitol
 2.21.17  Media Release: Disability coalition responds to Legislative Auditor report on HCBS
 2.20.17  Worthington Daily Globe: Developmentally disabled caregivers would receive raises under plan
 2.01.17
 St. Cloud Times: Disability service providers need pay hike
 1.25.17  Media Release: Disability coalition urges Gov. Dayton to address the workforce shortage
 1.22.17  Austin Daily Herald: Program spotlight: People First Aktion Club
 1.10.17  Access Press: Direct Support Providers, Work With Honor, Need A Raise
 12.21.16  KEYC Mankato: Rep. Considine Appointed to House Committees
 10.13.16  Brainerd Dispatch: Senate District 10 candidates address community issues
 10.2.16  Winona Daily News: Living into community: Winona man has grown, developed in HCO's care for three decades
 9.14.16  Fox 9: Tour for lawmakers draws attention to shortage of personal caregivers
 5.24.16  InForum: Lawmaker calls mixed-bag Minnesota session 'messy and chaotic'
 5.16.16  Public News Service: Advocates Say Better Pay Could Help Home Care Provider Shortage
 5.15.16  Kare11: Caregiver crisis impacts patients
 5.13.16  Star Tribune: New home care rule intensifies Minnesota's caregiver shortage
 5.3.16  KNSI Radio: Interview with Jessica Andrist of Mary T. Inc.
 4.26.16  Valley News Live: People with disabilities could lose jobs due to state funding cuts
 4.24.16
 Pioneer Press: Caryn Sullivan: A small raise for caregivers
 4.23.16
 St. Cloud Times: Care providers deserve state's help
 4.21.16  Faribault Daily News: Supporting people with disabilities to live their best lives
 4.21.16  St. Cloud Times Editorial Board: State should help raise PCA pay
 4.19.16  WCCO: Minnesota Caregivers Rally for Higher Pay at State Capitol
 4.16.16  St. Cloud Times: Caregivers: Tough job, little pay
 4.08.16  Access Press: Deadlines loom: Legislative session rolls onward
 4.08.16  Star Tribune: How to divvy a $1.03 billion Minnesota state surplus
 4.04.16  Voice of Alexandria: MOHR President hopeful 5 Percent campaign moves through House
 3.29.16  CBS Minnesota: Minnesota Caregivers Lobby State Legislature for Pay Raise
 3.29.16  Session Daily: 5 Percent Campaign legislation grows to a 7 percent
 3.19.16  Duluth News Tribune: Reader's views: Legislature needs to boost direct caregivers' pay
 3.19.16  Mesabi Daily News: Funding for services part of state's legacy
 3.17.16  Valley News Live: Petition: MN has caregiver workforce crisis
 3.15.16  Duluth News Tribune: Reader's views: Spend surplus on caregiver pay boost
 3.14.16  Pine Journal: It's time to support caregivers with wage increase
 3.09.16  Lakeshore Weekly News: Hammer, Opportunity Partners join forces
 3.07.16  Star Tribune Editorial: Legislators, take heed: Minnesotans have had enough of partisan gridlock
 2.07.16  Viewpoint: Disability services are everyone's business
 12.4.15 ARRM Blog: Best Life Alliance Launches Ahead
 12.3.15 Pioneer Press: Minnesota has nearly $2 billion budget surplus
 12.3.15 Minn Post: Projected budget surplus swells to nearly $1.9 billion
 12.3.15 Capitol Chatter: Budget surplus grows
 12.3.15 Best Life Alliance: Coalition urges funding for community-based services with surplus dollars
 12.2.15 MPR: State faces expected surplus, of both money and ways to spend it
 12.1.15 Star Tribune: Disability rights coalition to seek $90 million in next legislative session
 12.1.15 Worthington Daily Globe: Rep. Hamilton co-sponsors bill to give MN home, community care providers 5 percent increase
 12.1.15 KSTP: Minnesota Caregivers Ask State for More Funding
   
   
Past 5% Campaign News & Media Coverage
8.10.13 Access Press: Poverty pay for professional work? Commitment to community: Advocates launch 5% Campaign
8.13.13
MPR: Advocates want 5 percent raise for care assistants
8.14.13 Duluth News Tribune: Advocates want more money for adult care, disability services
8.14.13 Bring Me The News: 5% Campaign seeks pay boost for care providers
9.10.13 Message from a DSP: Help Me Support My Family (video)
 
9.13.13 Access Press:Campaign to increase wages rolled out
10.12.13 Austin Daily Herald: 5% Campaign is aiming to support caregivers
10.16.13 Politics in MN: Group homes to push for 5% hike next year
10.18.13 CTN News (video): Mary T. Inc. Hosts Town Hall Forum on 'Breaking Through Poverty'
10.24.13 Faribault Daily News: Members of The 5% Campaign to host forum to empower
10.28.13 ABC Rochester (video and article): 5% Campaign to Increase Wages for Caregivers
10.30.13 Post Bulletin: People with disabilites urge lawmakers to boost providers' funding
11.7.13 The 5% Campaign: A Moment with Senator Hoffman (video)
   
11.8.13 Access Press: Campaign for wage increase gaining momentum statewide
11.12.13 Associated Press: MN Caregivers For Disabled, Elderly Seek Boost
11.12.13 Politics in MN: Disability groups rally for 5 percent funding increase in 2014
11.12.13 MPR: Minn. caregivers for disabled, elderly seek boost
11.12.13 Northwest Community Television: Caregivers rally for 5 percent rate hike (video)
11.12.13 MN Senate Media: 5% Rally at the Capitol (video that includes an in-depth interview with Sen. Kent Eken)
11.13.13 ARRM Blog: 5% Advocates Make an Impact at the Capitol
11.13.13 MN 2020: More than just a Caregiver (video)
11.27.13 The 5% Campaign: Five Percent Forums 2013 (video)
 
12.5.13 MPR: Dayton talks tax relief as new forecast projects $1 billion state surplus
12.5.13 Pioneer Press: Minnesota forecasts $1.1 billion budget surplus
12.7.13 Marshall Independent: State budget surplus a good sign for 5% Campaign
12.10.13 Access Press: Campaign to raise generates noise at Capitol
12.15.13 Voice of Alexandria: Programs Seek Legislative Help to Increase Funding (article and video)
12.19.13 Echo Press: A 5 percent bump would mean a lot for local DACs
1.6.14 St. Louis Park Patch: Legislators show their support for The 5% Campaign
1.10.14 TPT Disability Viewpoints (video report; begins at 4 min 30 sec)
1.24.14 TPT Almanac Report on Longterm Care, featuring a group home serving people with disabilities (video report)
1.31.14 Grand Rapids Herald Review: Support for the 5 % Campaign should be a priority (op. ed. from LSS-MN CEO Jodi Harpstead)
2.10.14 Access Press: The 'unsession' - Legislature asked to address many complex issues
2.23.14 Winona Daily News: 5 percent more than just a number: Winona community caregivers look to Capitol for raise
2.28.14 Pioneer Press: Minnesota's $1.23 billion budget surplus could lead to tax cuts
3.4.14 Senate Media: Five Percent Rally at the Capitol
 
3.4.14 Kare11 News: Caregivers for people with disabilities seek pay boost (video report)
3.5.14 Post Bulletin: Disability advocates seek funding increase
3.7.14 Capitol Report (Sen. Media): Rallying for PCA Rate Increases, Forming Tax Bill
3.11.14 Post Bulletin: State must restore funding for disability services
3.16.14 KSTP Channel 5: Disabled May Lose Independence Without More State Aid
3.18.14 Kare11 News: Disabilities advocates seek pay raise for caregivers
3.18.14 MPR News: Caretakers of vulnerable adults need raise, advocates say
3.19.14 MN 2020: The 5% Campaign Makes Headway
3.21.14 MN 2020: Unfinished Business for Disability Advocates (video)
3.25.14 MN Senate DFL: Why 4% Won't Cut It (video)
3.26.14 Star Tribune: Support Minnesota caregivers with adequate pay
3.26.14 TPT Almanac at the Capitol: An in-depth look at who cares for Minnesotas most vulnerable adults
3.31.14 Star Tribune: Caregivers seeking state rate bump get lawmaker support as Minnesota surplus plans firm up
3.31.14 MPR: Proposals for budget surplus would boost health care, education spending
4.1.14 MN State Senate: 5% Campaign Fully Funded in Senate’s HHS Bill
4.1.14 MinnPost: Dayton, lawmakers agree to boost pay for care workers
4.3.14 Pioneer Press: Minnesota House taps state surplus for another $322 million in spending
 4.9.14 Janesville Argus: Janesville senator strongly supports 5% campaign initiative
 4.10.14 Access Press: Caregivers could see wage hike approved
 4.21.14 Star Tribune: Raises for care providers sailing with support from all
 5.8.14 Disability Viewpoints, TPT: Legislative Update (video)
 5.14.14 Star Tribune: DFL finalizes nearly $300 million in new spending
 5.16.14 Arc Minnesota - Capitol Focus: 5% Increase One Step Closer
 5.16.14 Pioneer Press: Minnesota lawmakers wrap up session with spending bill, tax cuts
 5.20.14 Pioneer Press: Dayton signs session's biggest money bills
 6.10.14 Home Town Source: Gov. Dayton, workers celebrate increase for high-quality, in-home care
 6.10.14  MinnPost: Disability and aging communities rally at Capitol, thankful for 5% raise in caretaker services
 6.30.14 Minnesota DHS: New investments in home and community services begin July 1
 7.1.14 The 5% Campaign: Thank you celebration at the Capitol (video)
 
 7.1.14 KTTC, Rochester: Some Minnesota health care providers receive wage increase (video and article)
 7.17.14 5% Campaign receives Politics in Minnesota's Public Affairs Campaign Award
 9.20.14  5% Campaign winner of 2014 Minnesota Nonprofit Award (video and article)
 11.7.14  5% MCN Award Video shown at the ceremony (video)
 12.4.14 Winona Daily News: Early Christmas present: Minnesota officials expect $1B surplus
 12.5.14 Pioneer Press: MN budget surplus gets interest groups' attention
 12.8.14 West Central Tribune: Minnesota’s elderly and disabled citizens seek more state funds  
 12.8.14 Post Bulletin: Fight for surplus dollars already underway
 12.9.14 ARRM News Blog: 5% Campaign Launches 2015 Effort for a Rate Increase Following Surplus News
 12.9.14 Pioneer Press: Minnesota elderly, disabled seek more state funds
 12.12.14 TPT Almanac: Legislative Preview (video)
 12.15.14 Post Bulletin: Legislature's priorities must include caregiver funding
 12.31.14 MPR News: Special interests lining up for state spending
 1.2.15 Disability Viewpoints: Legislative Update (video, begins at 20 min.)
 1.9.15 Access Press: The 5% Campaign is back for 2015 session
 1.19.15 The 5% Campaign: Jessica Kohner asks legislators to support a 5% increase (video)
 
 2.4.15 MN-CCD Blog: What do you do when you’re not included in the Governor’s Budget?
 2.11.15 ARRM News Blog: 5% Campaign Supporters Undeterred by Snow 
 2.27.15 Star Tribune: Anticipated Minnesota surplus swells to $1.87 billion as lawmakers eye new spending, tax cuts
 1.19.15 The 5% Campaign: Why 5%: A conversation with Sen. Eken & Rep. Hamilton (video)
 
 3.3.15  Fairmont Sentinel: Let's help seniors, disabled
 3.11.15  MPR News: Education big winner in Dayton’s updated budget plan (audio)
 3.13.15  Star Tribune: The State GOP on the surplus: A blunt, mixed message
 3.17.15  Pioneer Press: Dayton budget boosts education, families; seniors feel left out
 3.18.15  TPT Almanac at the Capitol: Long Term Care Funding (video)
 3.19.15  Marshall Independent: They should have another 5% coming
 3.24.15  Morning Star Financial: Disability Days At The Minnesota State Capitol
 3.27.15  Star Tribune: Funding for disabled and long-term care? It's personal
 3.27.15  ARRM: ARRM/MOHR Day at the Capitol 2015 (video)
 4.1.15  West Central Tribune: Disability services in critical need of funding
 4.6.15  KVRR: Moorhead Non-Profit Says More Money Needed
 4.16.15  Le Center Leader:  Support The 5 Percent Campaign
 4.29.15 The 5% Campaign: Statewide disability/senior coalition to hold news conference on workforce crisis
 5.8.15  Access Press: Many issues unresolved as legislative session winds down
 5.11.15
MinnPost: The fishing trip is over: Capitol leaders have seven days to deal with these eight issues
 5.18.15 The 5% Campaign: Disappointing end to session (email)
 5.19.15
The 5% Campaign News Release:  90,000 caregivers and disability/senior organizations disappointed by Minnesota legislators
 6.15.15 Access Press: The 5% Campaign: It’s not over 
 10.9.15  The 5% Campaign: Fall Town Halls, What to Say, 65 in 65
 11.3.15 Mankato Free Press:  Group homes plead for more funding at New Ulm town hall meeting
 11.7.15 Mankato Free Press: Group home pay: Invest in those who take care of disabled