A Mankato Democrat is unhappy with the speed – or lack there of – at which the session is moving at the legislature.
State Representative Jack Considine says there have been few committee meetings and, “Unfortunately, most of the agenda’s I’ve seen so far are of the informational variety. I’m still waiting for us to buckle down and do some actual work. I’ll be real happy when that actually happens.”
Considine also remains concerned that there has been little movement on a bonding bill, and continues to advocate for its introduction long before the end of the session to that lawmakers and constituents have a chance to learn what it includes before a vote.
He is also disappointed that a bill he prefiled to increase the wages of home health aides required a rewrite. “Turns out I’m going to have to revamp my one bill,” he explained, “They tell me it’s impossible to do a 75 cent calculation for home health aides so I’ll have to change it to a percentage.”
Home health aides in Minnesota are paid through state human services reimbursements. Considine said the change to the bill was necessary to avoid an accounting issue for the a variety of organizations involved.
Data from the Government Accountability Office shows that caregivers in Minnesota make between $11.50 and $12.22 per hour on average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for home health aides in Minnesota is just over $26,000 a year.