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Letter: Direct care providers deserve a pay increase

Direct care providers deserve a pay increase

Some of us who have a loved one with a disability are very concerned about the coming state budget and our governor’s recalcitrance to authorize adequate pay for direct care providers who serve individuals with disabilities. Families view these men and women as a lifeline for their loved one who, in many situations, would not be able to function without their assistance.

Care providers deserve a salary commensurate with the level of responsibility that their work requires. After all, they are entrusted every day with the wellbeing of our family members – brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers – with disabling conditions.

Recently, when driving about town, I noticed one of those yard signs that says, “Drive like your child lives here.” It made me wonder if perhaps the governor needs to look at the funding for direct care in a fresh way. Perhaps our governor should fund direct care providers as if it was his son or daughter, brother or sister, mother or father who was depending on them.

Mary Jo Butler


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