Political candidates take positions on many issues throughout the campaign season and it is important to know where they stand on what matters most to you.
Issues important to the disability community don’t get talked about enough on the campaign trail, so we asked Minnesota State Legislature candidates to tell us their views. You can see the responses from candidates in ARRM’s Advocacy Resources Center. A few races are highlighted below.
MN House District 14B: Rep. Jim Knoblach and Zachary Dorholt
Question highlight: Our industry is facing a workforce crisis. What ideas would you offer for helping to create a livable wage for our direct support professionals and caregivers?
Rep. Knoblach – "I do think we should do the 5% Best Life Alliance increase. I supported this during the last budget."
Dorholt – "Create and establish a fully-funded living wage program for direct support professional caregivers that is indexed just like minimum wage. Provide student loan reimbursement incentives for staff who choose to remain in the field."
MN Senate District 37: Rep. Jerry Newton and Brad Sanford
Question highlight: There are numerous technology products that can be used by individuals with disabilities which offer them increased independence, as well as aid and supplement support staff to ease the pressure on our workforce. Would you support the use of public dollars to increase the availability and use of technology?
Rep. Newton – "Absolutely. Senator Hoffman and I have bills that provide funding for assistive technology for nursing homes and home health care."
Sanford - "I would support a joint effort between the legislature and the industry to provide technology to individuals with disabilities. I would like to see the industry take most of the expense as the technology would be theirs to use."
Learn more about your candidates
Come visit ARRM’s Advocacy Resource Center to learn more about these candidates and others. Click here!
If you don’t see the name of one of your candidates, it means they haven’t turned in a questionnaire. Make sure you email their campaign and tell them you need to know where they stand on these critical issues.