Rep. Barros bill that raises pay for developmentally disabled service workers heard in committee
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Jean Philippe Barros’ legislation (2016-H 7735) that would require employers who provide services to the developmentally disabled community, and who are reimbursed for such services by the state, pay their employees $15 an hour was heard by the House Finance Committee.
“The dedicated and compassionate employees who provide crucial services to our state’s developmentally disabled community deserve to have a living wage to support their own families,” said Representative Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket). “The work these employees do on a daily basis is not an easy job, nor is it an unnecessary job. They take care of some of our most vulnerable citizens and to have these good people struggling because they are not paid adequately is unacceptable.”
If passed by the General Assembly, the act would take effect upon passage.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903