Op-Ed: NY's Proposed Minimum Wage Hike Needs Funding

Wed, February 03, 2016

New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and our field needs to speak up. Contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office and your NYS legislators. We need to ensure our voices are heard. Sharing NYSARC Executives' op-ed from Albany Times Union. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $15 minimum wage contains a serious flaw that threatens the financial viability of an entire field of caregivers and the people and families those caregivers support.While the governor has appropriately decided that New York needs to champion the rights of hard-working, low-income wage earners by requiring a higher minimum wage, he has not provided any funding for the many not-for-profit agencies that depend almost completely on the state for their funding. Among the 2.3 million workers who stand to benefit from a minimum wage increase are more than 100,000 workers who provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week for people with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and neurological impairments. No funding is provided for this increase.