Author: SASi News/Thursday, April 06, 2017/Categories: General
See below for a recent press release from DDAWNY and COPA on the 2018 New York State budget.
April 4, 2017
TO: COPA Members:
The Governor, Senate and the Assembly were unable to come to an agreement on the 2017-2018 New York State Budget, which was due April 1st. As a result, the Governor sent the Legislature bills to extend the budget through May 31st when we should see the federal budget. The Senate passed the budget extender bills this afternoon and the Assembly just finished passing the bills. The vote left many legislators without a choice as state workers would go without pay if the bill did not pass into law today. Attached is the Governor's press statement on the budget extender.
As the Governor said last Tuesday, one of the areas that they all agreed to was that low wage staff in OPWDD programs should have an increase. The Governor announced that the #bFair2DirectCare funding would be in the budget or he would not sign it. True to his word, the budget extender that he sent down and the Senate and Assembly passed today includes the 3.25% increase (see attached language) for all low wage (100 & 200 CFR code) workers beginning 1-1-18 and another 3.25% increase for all low wage (100 & 200 CFR code)and for clinicians (300 code on the CFR) beginning 4-1-18. The funding is not in the budget extender as the extender only goes to May 31, 2017.
There are a number of outstanding issues that the Legislature and the Governor continue to negotiate. These include:
Only about one quarter of the state's annual funding is included in the budget extender and is as follows:
None of the other COPA priorities were included in the budget extenders. This could provide an opportunity for continued advocacy on these issues.
We will keep you updated at negotiations continue. Please contact your COPA team with any questions.
Barbara, Wini & JR
The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) is a collaborative group of member voluntary agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities. While honoring individual agency missions, it is the intent of the Alliance to assist agencies to develop relationships, promote unified strategies and share risks for the mutual gain with and for the benefit of people with developmental disabilities.
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