State Policy and Advocacy
Veto Session – this week!
2017 Legislative Summary
Thanks to Phil Milsk, the Arc’s lobbyist for doing a 2017 legislative summary of the highlights from the session and looking to veto session. Check it out here.
House and Senate Pass Resolutions Supporting DSPs
the House Speaker passed HR605 (Rep. Gabel as lead sponsor) on Wednesday for DSP Week notification. The Senate passed Resolution (SR904; Sponsor President John Cullerton). Here is a brief summary.
Never Too Late to Say Big Thank You!
As you know, the State budget that passed in July included a badly-needed wage increase for direct support professionals (DSPs) who care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It also included funding for The Autism Program, Life Span, Best Buddies and the Epilepsy Foundation.
Though 75-cents-per-hour isn’t all we hoped for, achieving the first DSP wage increase in nine years would not have been possible without your support and all of the emails and calls to State legislators that kept this issue front and center.
The DSP wage increase was implemented by the State this week. After a delay by the State, the new funding has now arrived at provider agencies, and DSPs are finally seeing in their paychecks the results of what we worked hard for earlier this year.
Please take a moment to thank your State legislators who voted to pass a budget that included the DSP wage increase. CLICK HERE to find out which of your legislators stood with us, send them an email message and look up their phone numbers. We will be counting on them in the spring and in coming years to keep making progress towards a livable and competitive DSP wage.
You can also thank legislators for supporting DDD grants!