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Michigan increases funding for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Michigan is boosting pay for nursing aides at a troubled state-run nursing home in Grand Rapids.

A legislative budget committee on Tuesday approved $1.8 million more to increase the wages of privately contracted aides at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

The money is included in a $174 million spending plan for the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs for the fiscal year that will start in October.

In February, Gov. Rick Snyder replaced the director of a veterans agency after an audit uncovered insufficient care and inadequate staffing levels at the 415-resident facility.

The budget advancing in the Legislature also includes $1 million to renovate a floor at the Grand Rapids home.

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