Nursing home cuts opposed

Jackson Mayor Mitch Jasper

Mitch Jasper worries about the fate of his small town and others like it, should state lawmakers cut spending to nursing homes and other care facilities.

Nursing homes often are the largest employer in a small town, said Jasper, mayor of Jackson in southwestern Minnesota. The mayor said rural towns cannot afford to see their nursing homes suffer financially or, in some cases, face closure.

“The community stability of rural Minnesota depends upon the availability of stable, local jobs and the ability for seniors to find access to the care they need locally,” Jasper said.

Elderly citizens and nursing home officials filled the Minnesota Capitol rotunda Tuesday to advocate for state aid for long-term care facilities. Lawmakers are considering funding cuts to long-term care programs as they try to solve a $4.6 billion deficit.

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