Sen. Hoffman Applauds Gov. Dayton’s Executive Order on Hiring People with Disabilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. – On Monday, Aug. 4, Governor Dayton signed an Executive Order directing state agencies to hire more people with disabilities. This Executive Order requires state agencies to increase the percentage of disabled workers in state government from under four percent (down from ten percent in 1999) to seven percent by 2018.

“I applaud the Governor for his leadership and thank him for this very important and decisive action that will help the state recruit and hire the talent it needs to build our future workforce,” said Sen. John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids). “Minnesota needs the talents and skills of people with disabilities who are consistently rated high in performance and productivity.”

Hoffman went on to say, “This is an important step in supporting the Minnesota Olmstead Plan designed to create opportunities for Minnesotans with disabilities to have the chance to engage in productive employment, make a good living and participate in community life. This is a substantive way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and mark the 15th year since the Olmstead Decision.”

All state agencies are now required to develop a plan to recruit, hire, train and retain workers with disabilities into a welcoming work environment and report progress on a public website. Click here to view Governor Dayton’s official Executive Order. {http://mn.gov/governor/images/EO-14-14.pdf}

You can contact Sen. Hoffman at Sen.John.Hoffman@senate.mn or by calling his office at (651) 296-4154.
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