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Budget Bills Continue $2.00 Hourly Wage Increase Through December 2020, Helping Address Critical Worker Shortage.
More than 100,000 Michigan residents experiencing developmental disabilities or mental illness were supported yesterday, thanks to the Legislature’s decision to continue a $2.00/hour wage increase for their Direct Care Workers.
Residential and vocational Direct Care Workers provide much-needed personal care, training, emotional support and respite to vulnerable people and their families.
“While this continuation is not the ultimate solution we need for Michigan, it is an important step along the journey,” said Robert Stein, general counsel for the Michigan Assisted Living Association. “We are incredibly pleased that, even during these uncertain budget times, our state’s leaders have chosen to continue their support for essential Direct Care Workers and the individuals and families they serve.”
To support the continuation funding, a total of $40 million in state general fund/general purpose dollars are being added to $110 million in federal spending.