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Dayton aims to increase state's disabled workforce

August 7, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More workers with disabilities may find jobs with Minnesota under a new order from Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton's executive order this week directs state agencies to hire more employees with disabilities. It seeks to halt a drop in the state's disabled workforce — just 3.2 percent of the state's employees in 2013 were people with disabilities. The governor's order aims to double that to 7 percent by 2018. It also mandates training for some state workers for recruiting employees with disabilities.

Alan Parnes, a member of the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, tells the Star Tribune (http://bitly.com/1ohpeHx ) he hopes Dayton's move will influence companies to hire more employees with disabilities.

The federal government and at least six other states have taken similar steps.

 
 

 

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