The disability community and advocates rallied at the State Capitol this week to bring attention to their 2020 legislative priorities. The day was spent discussing issues currently impacting individuals living with disabilities, their families, and support professionals. Currently, people with disabilities face barriers to inclusion within their communities and access to resources that could aid in their self-autonomy, as well as infringements on their basic human rights.
Increasing the wages of Personal Care Assistants (PCA’s) continues to be a priority legislative issue. Doing so would incentive quality candidates to fill these crucial positions and increase the independence of those living with disabilities. Increasing wages would be a step in the right direction to ensuring every Minnesotan is able to live with dignity, and while Senate Republicans continue to spend time looking for ways to cut funding for Health and Human Services, Senate DFLers will continue advocating for changes to the budget that reflect an increase in humanity, equity, and respect.