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Rallies to seek wage help for New York direct...

Posted at 3:33 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 07:50:05-05

Agencies serving people with developmental disabilities are urging New York state to help them cover the costs of a rising minimum wage.

Rallies planned for Friday in Rochester, Long Island, Buffalo and New York City are meant to convince state lawmakers to include funding in the 2016-17 state budget to allow the agencies to increase pay without having to cut people or services.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018 in New York City and by July 2021 elsewhere in the state.

That has not-for-profit agencies that care for people with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities worried because they rely on Medicaid reimbursements to cover 90 percent of their expenses.

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