Advocates say they're still confident that a $2.25 pay increase for direct care workers will be included in next year's budget.
That's even though the state House Appropriations Committee did not approve an amendment for the pay increase on Wednesday.
Direct care workers take care of Michigan's most vulnerable adults, who are elderly or have disabilities or mental illness, often in the adults' homes.
Robert Stein is with the Michigan Assisted Living Association. He says many people could lose their caregivers if the pay bump doesn't stay in place.