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NYS Senate budget will include $45 million in additional Medicaid for agencies that provide assistance to 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.

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Hudson Valley officials request higher pay for Direct Care Workers

“…I believe the state has no higher calling than to provide for and protect the truly vulnerable people of New York State. This $45 million support for direct care workers will do precisely that.”

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Direct Care Providers Say Workforce Is Down, bFair2DirectCare

“…don’t leave without getting that money for direct care services,” state Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, said at a noontime press conference.”

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They Do So Much More Than The Minimum

But there should be no debate about our obligation to pay a living wage to those who care for the disabled and, in doing so, represent us all.

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Deadline Looming: #bFair2DirectCare

Lack of funding means agencies are operating with smaller staff and that is limiting program offerings.

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Trump Education Pick Advances Despite Special Ed Worries

Deep opposition from special education advocates was not enough to prevent President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Education from moving forward.

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#bFair2DirectCare: Governor Cuomo, Be Our Hero

The video at the link below gives the viewer a glimpse into what it takes to be a direct support professional working with people with developmental disabilities. This is a very demanding and rewarding career that takes a great deal of training. Recent increases in the minimum wage and a lack of funding from New York State have eroded the wages of these positions, making it increasingly difficult for non-profit agencies to hire and retain staff and this threatens to reduce the quality and quantity of supports and services for people with disabilities. Please ask Governor Cuomo to fund increases in wages for these dedicated and caring professionals.

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Governor’s 2017-2018 NYS Budget Proposal Highlights

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After a very quick look at the Governor’s 2017-2018 New York State Budget proposal that was released late last night, following are some highlights of interest. We will provide further details as they become available.

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The Budget Documents are all available at DOB’s website at:

https://www.budget.ny.gov/pubs/executive/eBudget1718/ExecutiveBudget.html

#bFair2DirectCare Statement on ‘bupkis” Budget Allocations for Direct Care Workers

The #bFair2DirectCare Coalition has issued a Statement on the Governor’s failure to include New funding for Direct Care Workers in the Executive Budget.

 

#bFair2DirectCare could not have been clearer in what’s needed in this year’s budget to help direct care workers achieve a living wage – the very kind of economic justice Governor Cuomo has championed for other working New Yorkers — $45 million.

What Governor Cuomo proposed can simply described as ‘bupkis.’ It’s an old Yiddish phrase gently translated as ‘nothing.’”

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Also, see the Times Union Capitol Confidential blog post:

“Direct Care group decries ‘bupkis’ budget allocation”

 

 

 

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