In-Home Supportive Services workers chanted and waved signs calling for the restoration of the seven percent cut in hours they took during the recession. Kristina Bas-Hamilton with United Domestic Workers says there’s no reason the state couldn’t restore those hours.
“That stems from the 2009 recession era fiscal crisis and we think that we’re past that point now,” says Bas-Hamilton.
The workers are also asking Brown to scrap his plan to cap overtime hours.
H.D. Palmer with the Department of Finance says the state has to be careful about any new spending.
“Our concern and our caution is committing the state to higher levels of on-going spending based upon revenues that are one-time in nature,” says Palmer.
The Senate proposal would add more than $200 million in funding to IHSS. The Assembly plan would spend about $240 million on the program.