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

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Julie Peters,
Communications Director, Opportunity Partners

Office: 952-930-4208
Cell: 952-451-7527
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 2.20.19  STATEMENT: Coalition praises Gov. Walz for including DSP wage factor in budget proposal
 5.23.18  STATEMENT: Best Life Alliance responds to veto of omnibus bill containing stop the cut provisions
 5.23.18  PRESS RELEASE: Minnesotans with disabilities face devastating cut if bipartisan fix not signed into law
 5.16.18  Winona Daily News: Jeremy Miller receives award for work on disability issues
 5.12.18 The Caledonia Argus: Rep. Davids supports Health Care Bill that restores disability waiver rate system reductions
 5.6.18  The River Falls Journal: Cuts in rates for disability services
 5.1.18  White Bear Press: Time is now to address funding for disability services
 4.30.18  Forest Lake Times: ESR Inc. to face funding cut
 4.20.18  ABC Newspapers: Say ‘no’ to cuts to disability funding
 4.19.18  Austin Herald: Question of Funds; Funding cut could have direct effect on Cedar Valley Services
 4.18.18  St. Cloud Times: Stop cut to disability services
 4.14.18  Sun Current: Legislature needs to act for HCBS workforce shortage
 4.13.18  New Ulm Journal: Stop the 7% funding cut to services for Minnesota’s most vulnerable citizens
 4.13.18  Chaska Herald: Impact of cut will be severe
 4.13.18  The Daily Journal: Local disability programs face potential budget cut
 4.12.18  Aitkin Age: Funding for disabled services is threatened
 4.11.18  Wadena Pioneer Journal: Wadena County DAC day program faces seven percent cut
 4.10.18  KEYC-TV: Funding Cuts Could Impact Services for Those With Disabilities
 4.9.18  Sun Sailor: Celebrating 65 years and seeking stability for another 65 years
 4.9.18  Rochester Post-Bulletin: Letter: Services for Minnesotans with disabilities are at risk
 4.8.18  New Ulm Journal: Letter: Stop the 7% cut to rates for disability supports
 4.8.18  Montevideo American-News: Chippewa Enterprises faces funding cut
 4.6.18  Morrison County Record: Cuts will hurt disabled
 4.6.18  Crookston Times: Polk County DAC stressing potential 7% budget reduction
 4.5.18  Fergus Falls Journal: Productive Alternatives faces cuts
 4.5.18  Kanabec County Times: Letter: Honor our commitment to people with disabilities
 4.4.18  Fridley Patch: Action needed to stop drastic cut to disability services
 4.4.18  Shakopee Valley News: Uphold commitment to people with disabilities and staff
 4.4.18  Mankato Free Press: Potential cuts worry disability organizations
 4.3.18  Sun Focus: Letter: Concerns about funding cuts for those with disabilities
 3.30.18  Star Tribune: No strategy can help enough if not funded properly
 3.30.18  Worthington Daily Globe: Letter: Schomacker's support of bill appreciated
 3.21.18  Worthington Daily Globe: Cuts could threaten developmental disabilities providers
 4.30.17  Twin Cities Pioneer Press: Caryn Sullivan: A safer and smoother journey for people with autism and other special needs
 4.27.17  Austin Daily Herald: Letter: Use budget surplus to ensure the best care
 4.22.17  Duluth News Tribune: Reader's view: Direct support professionals deserve better pay
 4.07.17  Post Bulletin: Our View: Direct care workers should get pay raise
 4.02.17  Detroit Lakes Online: DACs ask MN lawmakers for wage increase
 4.02.17  Pioneer Press: Most MN Medicaid recipients are poor. But that's not where most spending goes
 3.31.17  ABC Newspapers: Staff who work with disabled seeking pay increase
 3.31.17  Post Bulletin: 'In a fight for our lives'
 3.31.17  ARRM: Rochester-area Disability Service Providers Highlight Staffing Crisis
 3.31.17  The Daily Journal: Productive Alternatives raises starting wages, county on an increase in legislative funding
 3.30.17  KIMT: Disability services workforce shortage reaches "crisis proportions"
 3.30.17  Fox 47: Organizations that serve people with disabilities in Rochester facing major staffing shortages
 3.30.17  KAALTV ABC News: Staffing Shortage of Providers for People with Disabilities Causes Issues for Families in Southeast Minnesota
 3.27.17  Albert Lea Tribune: Letter: Support direct care staff in area
 3.25.17  Hibbing Daily Tribune: Discussions Underway to Raise Pay Rates for Direct Care Workers
 3.15.17  Waseca County News: Direct care industry facing hiring crunch locally, statewide
 3.14.17  Ortonville Independent: Direct care hiring crisis for people with disabilities
 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
 3.08.17  Wabasha County Herald: County DAC seeking support for additional funding
 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
 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
 Pioneer Press: Caryn Sullivan: A small raise for caregivers
 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
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
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)
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