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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chris Tiedeman 612-834-1919Wednesday, January 23, 2013chris@weberjohnsonpa.com 
MINNESOTA CAREGIVERS OPTIMISTIC THAT GOVERNOR’S BUDGET
PROPOSAL MAKES MN SENIORS A PRIORITY
St. Paul
 –
 
Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal released today reveals an initial steptoward prioritizing Minnesota’s caregivers and seniors in Minnesota’s budget.“We are pleased that the Governor’s budget proposal acknowledges that investing in caregiversand seniors is a Minnesota priority,” said Gayle Kvenvold, President and CEO of Aging Services
of Minnesota.
Kvenvold continued “ensuring that Minnesota’s range of senior care options
remains intact following years of cuts must be a priority in 2013. As the Legislature begins tonegotiate a final budget, we look forward to working with them to ensure that all seniors canaccess the
care they need”“A state budget proposal that calls for a funding increase for senior care means that the
thousands of jobs our members create, and the tens of thousands of caregivers we already
employ in communities across Minnesota, won’t be forgotten
 
during budget negotiations,”
added Patti Cullen, President and CEO of Care Providers of Minnesota.
“Minnesota seniors and their families deserve quality care and support –
care that can only beprovided if we invest in adequate salaries, benefits and on-going training in quality outcomes
for the caregivers who are the backbone of Minnesota’s senior care system,” said Michele
Kimball, Director of AARP Minnesota.
“Every hour of every day, a caregiver somewhere in Minnesota is taking care of our loved one
s
when we cannot provide that care ourselves,” said Rick Varco, Political Director SEIU HealthcareMinnesota. “The hardworking caregivers of Minnesota deserve a raise.”
 
“The state has chronically under
-funded senior care for many years, but we have been able toexist, and long-term care providers across Minnesota have been able to provide high qualitysenior care. However, this chronic underfunding of our services is now at a crossroad. Tocontinue to provide this quality of care, the state must make new a
nd sustained investments”
said Chris Thro, President of the Thro Company in Mankato.

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