This years annual Disability Day at the Capitol occurred on Tuesday, March 12th. Ability Building Center, Adapta, ARSYS, Bear Creek Services, Cardinal of Minnesota, Hiawatha Homes, PossAbilities and SMB Homes joined together to help represent Southeastern Minnesota at the State Capitol. This was a day long event full of advocacy for individuals with disabilities to support their needs to live the best life possible.
Over 1,000 people took part in the rally at the rotunda, where they chanted about the need to give our Direct Support Professionals a livable wage. After the rally was over, the Southeastern Minnesota group 100+ advocates fit into a conference room in the State Senate building where they met with David Senjem, Carla Nelson, and Nels Pierson to discuss the wage disparities for our Direct Support Professionals face. They were able to discuss these issues with Tina Liebling and Duane Quam via conference call.
On the bus ride back to Rochester, the group made it clear that this day was just a starting point for getting their voices heard. This is an ongoing battle during the time of this workforce crisis.
At the time of this writing a version of the Best Life Alliance bill was included in Governor Walz’s proposed budget. Thank you for your advocacy and support to increase the wages for our Direct Support Professionals!