DDA needs your help!

*** CALL TO ACTION *** WE NEED YOUR HELP! ***

The House and Senate budget committees are beginning to make FINAL decisions about the budget for the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)! The Governor proposed only a 2% increase and now the budget analysts have recommended only a 1% increase!

CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEES AND URGE THEM TO RESTORE THE RATE INCREASE TO 3.5%

Here's Why:

  • The Minimum Wage Act of 2014 mandated that the Governor include a 3.5% rate increase for DD community services, but Governor Hogan reduced it to 2% for fiscal year 2018.
  • The 3.5% rate increase is critically important to raising direct support wages as the minimum wage continues to rise.
  • Direct support staff are the backbone of community supports and the ability of agencies to hire and retain quality staff is vitally important to people with developmental disabilities.
  • Please tell your legislator to KEEP THE PROMISE made in 2014 and restore the 3.5% rate increase, which restores $8.44 million in State/General funds and with federal matching funds, a total of $15 million to the DDA budget.

WHOM TO CONTACT:

Everyone should contact the presiding officers of the General Assembly:

The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, President of the Senate
301-868-6931
Thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us
The Honorable Michael Busch, Speaker of the House
410-841-3800
Michael.busch@house.state.md.us

Please contact any of your legislators that serve on either the House Appropriations Committee or the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. If you are not sure who your legislators are, go to www.mdelect.net and type in your home address to learn who your state legislators are.