MN Democrats Look To Cut Spending From Health Programs

Monday, March 25th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Democrats in the State Legislature have began proposing cuts of over $150 million from Health & Human services programs, a measure that concerns advocates of the poor.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that a few fellow Democrats aren’t happy about the proposals either. DFL’er Tom Huntley of Duluth, who chairs the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee, says there isn’t much difference between the Democrats’ current plan and what Republicans have done in recent years.

DFL House Speaker Paul Thissen expressed the importance of Health & Human services, stating it’s the 2nd largest portion of the state budget.

Another specific concern is that the cuts will send nursing-home workers looking for different jobs, leading to severe under-staffing.

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