DD Day in Annapolis
Seventeen people from Jubilee went to Annapolis on February 23rd to talk with our elected officials about what we need from them. Participants included Board Members, parents, individuals receiving services and Jubilee employees. We met with Senators Richard Madaleno, Nancy King, and Roger Manno and Delegates Ana Sol Gutierrez and Aruna Miller and the staff of Delegates Kirill Reznik, Ariana Kelly and Marc Korman.
Our top priority was to ask our Senators and Delegates to restore Governor Hogan’s rate cut for our services. The Maryland Minimum Wage law requires that the Governor include in his budget at 3.5% rate increase for Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) funded community service providers like Jubilee as part of the increases in the State minimum wage for four years. Governor Hogan put it in his budget and then cut the rate from 3.5% down to 2%, which he is legally able to do. However, the legislature has the legal authority to restore that cut and that is what we were asking them to do.
Jubilee’s average direct service wage last year was $12.60, our lowest hourly wage today is $11.25 and on July 1, 2017 the hourly minimum wage in Montgomery County goes up to $11.50 an hour. The 3.5% rate increase would mean that all direct service employees would get a raise of at least $.45 an hour. The quality of our services at Jubilee is dependent on paying better than the minimum wage for this very important work that our direct service workers do. We asked our elected officials to do the right thing.
Tim Wiens, Executive Director