Nursing homes facing huge cuts under Dayton's plan

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2011 - 10:12 PM

Adamant about protecting K-12 education and aid to cities, his option was to cut health and human services.

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ckuhlmanFeb. 20, 1110:24 PM

"We're Shocked" she says. Funny, no one who actually took the time to KNOW Dayton before the election is shocked. Not one bit.

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ljfromminFeb. 20, 1110:25 PM

Here's the rub folks "health care and human services" (especially nursing homes)is not heavily Unionized. No payback required.

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palsarFeb. 20, 1110:27 PM

"Candidate Dayton talked about protecting elderly Minnesotans..." -- I guess Dayton doesn't care about elderly Minnesotans. Maybe because they don't belong to a Union.

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SupervonFeb. 20, 1110:33 PM

Hmmm. You can tell that Dayton knows the most nursing home residents don't vote or belong to a union.

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dariverFeb. 20, 1110:34 PM

This is very disturbing. Keeping the budget for the young K-12 is important but why are we not taking taking care of our elders? It is sickening that a Dem whose party claims to care about all, is doing this. Makes me think again of how Obama Care will kill off the elderly and ill just so costs can be cut.

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smallergovtFeb. 20, 1110:38 PM

H&HS going up a projected 36% or $3.2 billion over the last cycle, so cutting even $2 billion leaves a $1.2 billion increase still. Did we have 20% of the population age all of a sudden in 2 years, or do we have a "shoot high" mentality and then cut back $2B to look like a give in? Come on, 36%? Seriously. What were all these services doing the last 2 years and survived without an additional $3.2B?

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realvsnrealFeb. 20, 1110:39 PM

Clueless Dayton. Not even worth the 'F', he awarded himslf after his US Senate experience. We might as well be paying higher taxes to finance his inheritance for all the good it would do.

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ebenezerFeb. 20, 1110:41 PM

I don't know why this governor can't get it through his head...education simply does not need more money. On the other hand, the aging population needs more appropriately targeted dollars. Nursing homes may or may not be as efficient or cost effective as they could be, either, and the pressure should remain on their management to deliver services properly. However, many of these adults are no less vulnerable than our children, and our focus on them should be just as strong as any program intended to help the education system. Let's face it, nursing home employees don't average $52K per year plus benefits more generous than most in the private sector.

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ravenmxFeb. 20, 1110:45 PM

"Candidate Dayton talked about protecting elderly Minnesotans, but Governor Dayton's budget does not reflect that." Isn't that usually how politics work? Candidates' say anything to get elected and then once elected push something totally different.

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bugaleenoFeb. 20, 1110:49 PM

The union is number one to Dayton. Union teachers are more important than the elderly.

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