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NY State Budge Update - Legislature Supports Cost of Living Adjustment & #bFair2DirectCare

The following information was received by the NY Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation on 03/14/19

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

Legislature Supports COLA and #bFair2DirectCare - Budge Conference Committee Process Begins

The Assembly and Senate have included funds to support the human services cost of living adjustment in their 2019-2020 State Budget proposals. Both houses approved their respective one-house budget resolutions yesterday and in addition to funding a COLA, the Assembly and Senate have indicated support for the #bFair2DirectCare campaign living wage funds.

Negotiations on the components of the State Budget will continue and the Budget Conference Committee process commenced. The New York Alliance will keep members updated as to the status of budget negotiations. In the meantime, we’re pleased to provide you with an overview of components of the one-house budget bills as follows:

Human Services COLA

While the 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal deferred the human services COLA, both the Senate and Assembly rejected the deferral and included one-quarter year of funding to support an approximate 2.9% adjustment. The Assembly included $18.75 million in their one-house bill for OPWDD. The Senate included $18 million for the COLA in their bill for OPWDD. 

Direct Support Professional/Direct Care Worker Living Wage (#bFair2DirectCare)

The Assembly included $14.36 million for salary increases for DSPs and direct care workers under OPWDD, Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for the quarter beginning 1/1/20 and ending 3/31/20. The Senate has indicated support for funding #bFair2DirectCare in their budget resolution.

Minimum Wage Increase

The Executive Budget proposal contained funds to support the next phase of the State’s minimum wage increase. Both the Assembly and Senate have agreed to fund the increase.

Budget Contingency Language

The Governor’s 30-day amendments contained language to grant the Director of the Division of Budget with authority to develop and implement a deficit reduction plan in the event of a budget shortfall in the 2019-2020 State Budget (due to tax receipt shortfall or projected deficit in the State’s General Fund). Both houses rejected the Governor’s budget contingency proposal.

We will post updated information as we receive it.