It’s budget season. Each state has a process where the governor submits a plan for revenue and expenses for the next year. These are estimates made, for instance: how much income (taxes) will the state take in, how much will the state need to spend on its needs, etc. For most states, including all three where we serve, health care is the biggest spend. State income is a little less certain than that of your average household. Unlike in a household, where one or two people are likely to have budgetary power, the power in a state budget is much more complex. These budgets go through committees and need to have enough votes among the elected to pass. We need to weigh in on these budgets. Those in elected positions are there because we voted them into office. They need to know what we think.
Let’s start with PA:
Thank you Governor Wolf. This year, the Governor has submitted a budget which will help us improve rates, help us start new services, and help us give direct support wages increases. All that IF IT PASSES!
So let’s thank Governor Wolf and let those we elected in PA know that we need our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities budget to pass as the Governor has proposed. Click here to send Governor Wolf a thank you note and encourage him to press on. Click here to find your elected reps to tell them to pass this budget
Let’s look at CT:
Governor Malloy, keep up the great work. Connecticut has developed some very fine service options. The recent use of federal funds to return people from institutions to community life are providing state of the art options for inclusion. You should be very proud! Don’t stop now. Continue that support. The national workforce crisis is real. You have come too far and it is too hard to catch up later. Keep your focus on the right services and the right wages for your state.
Let’s look at DE:
Governor Carnery, please keep going! Delaware is one of the few states giving careful recognition to base increases in the direct support wages. Every year though that a raise is not funded, is a year we fall behind. That national crisis is real. Please fund an increase.