Direct care agencies not happy with Cuomo’s budget proposal

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Direct care agencies in the state aren’t happy with Governor Cuomo’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal.

They say there’s nothing for them in the budget, even though they’re being paid close to minimum wage for what they say is a difficult job.

Advocates asked the governor this winter, and again a week before the budget came out, to spend $45 million statewide to help boost wages.

Not only is that not in the proposed budget, but it also eliminates a small bump in pay that would have helped with cost of living increases.

“The only resources that are in this budget is to bring those people who are not making the new mandated minimum when the next increase comes along, bring them up to the new mandated minimum,” said Michael Seereiter, president and CEO of the New York State Rehabilitation Association.

Without competitive wages, Seereiter says the developmental disability job sector could disappear.

Turnover rates are up 23 percent and it has cost the state $6.5 million in overtime costs. 

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