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June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

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June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

ASNC and a coalition of groups across IDD, aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on June 9 in support of increased wages for direct support workers.¬†¬† Legislators have heard¬†our¬†decade of advocacy¬†for increased access to services,¬†and¬†we¬†expect¬†to see more waiver slots in the upcoming budget.¬†Access to waivers must go…

Policy Pulse Update

State Budget Update: There is still no budget legislation from the NC Senate. The budget process is moving slower than in previous years, however House and Senate leadership are said to be much closer to agreeing to a spending amount, so we hope to see a budget bill in the next two weeks. ‚ÄúCrossover‚ÄĚ Week…

Policy Pulse Update

Federal Actions   HR 2373¬†Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act¬† Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act ‚ÄĮ(H.R. 2373), a¬†bipartisan¬†bill¬†introduced in Congress on April 6th¬†,¬†phases out the use of subminimum wage certificates for people with disabilities, which many people view as outdated and unfair. The bill authorizes funds to help states transform their employment systems to…

Public Policy Update

Listen to our latest podcast about these policy developments.   Federal Actions¬† American Rescue¬†Act: Congress¬†passed an additional COVID and economic relief bill – the American Rescue Plan (ARP)¬†– in early¬†March.¬†The legislation¬†includes¬†a number of¬†items meant to address ongoing¬†problems related to the pandemic including¬†$1,400¬†stimulus¬†checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities);¬†an extension of unemployment benefits;¬†additional funding…

Public Policy Update

Federal Actions¬† American Rescue Plan¬†Act:¬†Congress continues to debate the contents of the next round of Federal economic and pandemic related relief. The¬†US¬†House passed the¬†American Relief Act¬†on February¬†27¬†and the Senate Passed its version of the bill over the weekend of March¬†6-7. The legislation¬†includes¬†$1,400 checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities), an extension of unemployment…

Governor releases budget; NCGA begins budget process

Gov. Roy Cooper released his two-year $25.2 billion budget proposal, a 5.4% increase over last year‚Äôs enacted budget, with a clear focus on education, health care, and the state‚Äôs infrastructure. Among the highlights was a 9.1% average raise for teachers over two years, a one-time 2% cost-of-living adjustment for retired state employees, and Medicaid expansion….

NC General Assembly Adjusts State Budget

The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its regular short session in late June after a quick seven weeks. Short sessions focus on adjustments to the budget and passing bills that were still under consideration for both chambers the previous year. This year‚Äôs state budget (SB 99 State Budget Adjustments) comes in at $23.9 billion….

Ask NC Legislators Not to Cut Services

Last week, the House passed its version of the two-year budget bill, Senate Bill 257. Thank you to all the advocates for telling your stories. The House version of the budget includes 500 Innovations waiver slots, restores more of the funds for services for those waiting for help through Local Management Entities, and raises the…

NC Senate Passes Budget: Contact Your NC House Reps

Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, the Senate passed its version of the two-year state budget bill. The governor previously released his budget proposal; see details on our blog. The NC House plans to spend the next two weeks working on its version of the budget before differences in the two versions must…