Letter: House GOP aims to avoid cuts to services for elderly, disabledOn March 29, I sent a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty urging him to avoid cuts to group homes, day programs and nursing homes as a way to balance the state’s remaining budget deficit.
By: Dist. 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, Worthington Daily Globe
On March 29, I sent a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty urging him to avoid cuts to group homes, day programs and nursing homes as a way to balance the state’s remaining budget deficit. As I told the governor, Minnesota Republicans have always believed that we must ensure the stability of core government services. Chief among the core areas of government is the safety and quality of life for Minnesotans with disabilities, our elders and the providers who care for them.
The letter was co-signed by nearly all Minnesota House Republicans.
I believe February forecast projections provide an opportunity to buy-back past cuts to these providers. Gov. Pawlenty’s budget plan, which was based on the November forecast’s deficit $1.2 billion deficit, included a 2.5 percent cut — $37.3 million — to home and community-based services for the disabled and elderly and nursing homes.
Now that the February forecast shows the projected deficit down by $209 million to $994 million, some of that $209 million should be used to buy back the $37.3 million cut to these services.
With the recent economic news, I am hopeful the governor will join us in working to buy back the rate reduction to the frail elderly and people with disabilities.