Created: 02/12/2014 12:07 PM WHEC.com
The Cuomo administration has proposed keeping pay flat for the sixth straight year for caretakers of the disabled and others at state-funded non-profits.
Most members of the Assembly have signed a letter that urges including a 2 percent cost-of-living increase in the final negotiated budget for the next fiscal year They argue that continuing already low pay forces many staff to work unsafe amounts of overtime or take second jobs.
Advocates say that also erodes care for the vulnerable people getting state-funded care.
The administration estimates saving $76 million by deferring the 2 percent increase for human services workers, part of its effort to keep overall state spending increases below 2 percent.