“Probably the area where everyone seems to agree is on direct care workers,” Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said. “It’s the right thing to do for starts, but that’s like motherhood and apple pie to a lot of our members.”
Both Houses of the NYS Legislature stood by their promise to #bFair2DirectCare and included funding to increase pay for low wage workers at non-profit agencies that provide support and services for people with disabilities.
“Passing this wage hike for our direct care workers is one of my top priorities and it should be one of the top priorities for the governor and the Assembly as we enter budget negotiations,” said NYS Sen. James Tedisco, in a press release.
The proposal addresses a lack of funding in the Executive Budget to help appropriately adjust salaries at not-for-profits that employ workers who provide state services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
I join with my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle who overwhelmingly support the #bFair2DirectCare campaign. We are asking the Governor to include adequate funding over the next six years to provide a living wage for direct care workers.