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Thoughts From The Arc About The 2016 Election

The 2016 election brought changes in Washington, D.C. that were dramatic and unexpected.  Republicans maintained control over  both the U.S. House and Senate and won the White House.  In Minnesota’s Congressional delegation to the U.S. House, there was no change [...]

The Latest on Making ABLE Accounts Available

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, the federal law approved by Congress and President Obama in December 2014, still awaits action by individual states before individuals and families can set up their own ABLE accounts.  These accounts would [...]

From Across Minnesota, You Made an Impact

Our Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th, was a big success, thanks to the contributions of many.  Throughout the day, I was constantly reminded of the different and crucial roles that so many of you played. We [...]

A Missed Opportunity

In his supplemental budget the Governor missed an opportunity to expand employment for persons with disabilities.  Minnesota Department of Human Services had asked Governor Dayton to add three waiver amendments in his budget to create: Employment Exploration Services (EES) – [...]

Come to St. Paul; Help Create Better Lives

Tomorrow, March 15th, be one of hundreds of other Minnesotans who will come together to create better lives for people with disabilities. The Best Life Alliance will hold its rally at the State Armory (600 Cedar Street in St. Paul) [...]

Creativity, Persistence Reduce Parental Fees

This year we are challenged with trying to lower parental fees for the fourth year in a row.  Parental fees are paid by families to the state of Minnesota so their child with disabilities can receive supports through Medical Assistance [...]

Caucus and Advocate for Higher Direct Care Staff Wages

The news from the previous four days reinforced the need to intensify our advocacy work this session.  Friday’s state budget forecast, which we reported in the latest Public Policy Update, means  there will be stiff competition among many advocacy groups [...]

Join Neil at the Capitol on April 5th !

On April 5, 2016, The Arc Minnesota holds its advocacy day at the State Capitol.  I will be there, and I hope you will join me.  Together, we’ll make our legislative priorities come alive to elected officials at a crucial [...]

Raise Medical Assistance Income & Asset Limits

In our Public Policy Updates and blog posts so far this year, we’ve stressed the importance of contacting elected officials now to maximize our impact on legislation this session.  This week’s action that you can take before the legislative session [...]

35 Days and Counting

It is 35 days and counting until the 2016 Legislature convenes on March 8th.  With a billion dollar surplus and an election year for all state legislators, there will again be hard negotiations going on between the Governor, Minnesota Senate, [...]