Our Another Voice, “Low pay hurts workers and people with disabilities” was originally published in The Buffalo News in March of 2016. Sadly, in the intervening three years, wages for direct support professionals have remained unchanged.
Staff turnover has skyrocketed, as those who are passionate about caring for the most vulnerable among us have been forced to choose between doing what they love and making a living wage. Despite legislative support, the governor has repeatedly refused to include a raise for direct care staff.
At the Hubert Humphrey Building dedication, Nov. 1, 1977, in Washington, D.C., former vice president Humphrey spoke about the treatment of the weakest members of society as a reflection of a government:
“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Refusal to help those who help others proves this government is failing the most basic of moral tests.
Joseph and Sue Lanigan