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ARRM Day Recap and Gov. Dayton's Supplemental Budget

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the ARRM Day rally and met with their legislators. An estimated 1,500 supporters packed the St. Paul Armory!

5% rally & visits bring majority in both houses!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the ARRM Day rally and met with their legislators.  An estimated 1,500 Best Life Alliance supporters packed the St. Paul Armory to rally for 5%. ARRM CEO Bruce Nelson introduced nearly a dozen advocates and legislator champions.  

Following the rally and visits on Tuesday, we received a flood of new legislator supporters. We are excited to share that a majority of senators (34) and representatives (76) are now official co-authors of our bill.

This was truly a team effort and we are grateful to each and every supporter! Our work is not done yet, but this is a great place to be and will help us move our legislation forward.  As Senator Paul Thissen said at the rally, "At the end of the day, it is the human relationships that make the difference. Keep telling your stories."  

Gov. Dayton's disappointing budget

Also on Tuesday morning, Gov. Dayton released his supplemental budget. Unfortunately it did not include a rate increase for Home & Community-Based Services. Following the disappointing news, about 100 Best Life Alliance supporters gathered outside his office at the Veterans Services building. Both Gov. Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith met briefly with supporters and received a huge stack of personal letters about the need for 5% this year.

Now through the end of session in May, our focus is to continue building support in the House and Senate and convey why a rate increase can't wait. We will be working hard to pass our legislation and hope to partner with Gov. Dayton to sign it into law.

If you have any questions or not sure who represents you, please visit the District Finder webpage or call Meredith Jurowski at 651-294-7959.

Thank you for your support!