05 / 29 / 2019
  - 10:35:58 AM
Advocates Testify In Front Of Joint Committiee for Children, Familes, and Persons With Disabilities

By myFMs Rick Michaels - Advocates told lawmakers yesterday with stagnant wages, frequent turnover and the growing pressure of student loan debt human services providers, face a staffing crunch that leaves them without sufficient resources to meet the needs of the state's most vulnerable populations. State Representative Jeffrey Roy of Franklin was one of several who testified in support of more than a dozen bills, before the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, all with a common theme: addressing the plight of service employees who, despite helping those with significant physical and mental needs, cannot make ends meet. Legislative solutions are on the table that both employees and employers said yesterday, would have significant positive effects, particularly a state administered loan repayment program and an effort to reduce the wage gap between state and community based human services jobs. Representative Roy provided a personal story of how he was unable to go into public service for 28 years, because of huge student debt, following his graduation from law school. Roy says "We're in a crisis," however he feels optimistic about the bill’s chances given that 130 lawmakers have co sponsored at least one of the versions.

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