Relative caregivers catch a break

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 9:58 PM

The Legislature had cut their pay by 20 percent in a cost-saving move, but a ruling that deemed the cut unconstitutional will stand.

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jrn56Jan. 24, 13 9:21 PM

This is why they were voted out of office last November.

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right155439Jan. 24, 13 9:57 PM

$11 an hr. plus mom's Social Security check. A pretty good gig if you can find it.

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jimjimjimjimJan. 24, 1310:02 PM

Taking care of your brother who has a feeding tube and other medical issues sounds reasonable. Getting paid to take care of your 48 year old mom because she has an "anxiety" issue is baloney.

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bobblumenfelJan. 24, 1310:34 PM

@right155439: No, mom gets the Social Security check, remember? Caregivers don't get any of it, any more than a non-family-member caregiver would. Don't distort the facts.

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bobblumenfelJan. 24, 1310:37 PM

@jimjimjimjim: That part of the article also mentioned unspecified "other conditions." Until you know what they are, don't draw any conclusions. They could be serious.

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ginny6Jan. 24, 1310:56 PM

Bless the caregivers.

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kkjerJan. 24, 1311:31 PM

Yes But; I worked for company the managed payroll for the self directed families and I saw plenty who abused it, paying family members 30-40 dollars an hour and then firing them so they could collect unemployment and hiring another family member for the same amount. I agree caregivers should be paid a living wage, but this is another example of how politicians don't solve a problem they just pass another law and don't provide enforcement.

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minn12Jan. 25, 1312:27 AM

Just goes to show show you once a government program is established, it can never be stopped, or reduced in any way. It will grow like a cancer and live forever. No wonder this country (and state) are going broke. This foolish court ruling now seems to say the state has NO RIGHT to set wages. Once again, the state backs down and won't appeal. What a joke.

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davehougJan. 25, 13 6:59 AM

Seems like it was easier to save money by paying relatives less than to save money by enforcement of the rules. BUT nobody cheers paying for more 'administrative overhead'. Even when it is wise.

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mnjoe5078Jan. 25, 13 7:26 AM

Maybe if the legislature would start by cutting their own pay by 20%, cuts to everyone else would be a little easier to swallow.

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