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News & Media Coverage

 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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' (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 3.30.17  KAALTV ABC News: Staffing Shortage of Providers for People with Disabilities Causes Issues for Families in Southeast Minnesota (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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
 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 (Article no longer available)
 12.21.16  KEYC Mankato: Rep. Considine Appointed to House Committees (Article no longer available)
 10.13.16  Brainerd Dispatch: Senate District 10 candidates address community issues (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 4.08.16  Star Tribune: How to divvy a $1.03 billion Minnesota state surplus (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 3.15.16  Duluth News Tribune: Reader's views: Spend surplus on caregiver pay boost (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 2.07.16  Viewpoint: Disability services are everyone's business (Article no longer available)
 12.4.15 ARRM Blog: Best Life Alliance Launches Ahead (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)
 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 (Article no longer available)

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Office: 952-930-4208
Cell: 952-451-7527