ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5-percent pay increase.

The pay hike is included in a broader, $6 billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed Friday night by a party-line vote of 73-61. It’s one of the biggest chunks of state spending and includes funding for services for the poor, elderly and disabled. The Democratic-drafted bill trims spending on such programs by $50 million compared to projected demand for the services, which is a smaller reduction than DFL legislative leaders wanted but bigger than sought by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

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It’s the first pay increase for nursing home workers in four years. The bill also has a smaller, 1-percent hike for care workers for the disabled. Republicans said that raise should be higher.

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The bill awaits a final vote in the Senate.

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