Published via Newsday is a message from New York State Senator, Chuck Schumer, arguing that the Heroes Fund legislation must be included in the next round of emergency relief in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state, as well as the essential workers who support them.

The plan has two components. First, it would provide a premium pay increase of up to $25,000 for essential workers, equivalent to a raise of $13 an hour from the start of the crisis through the end of the year. Second, it would provide a payment incentive of up to $15,000 to recruit and retain medical workers on the front lines. These funds will be backed by the federal government and would be retroactive. For those who have died in the fight against this disease, our proposal would provide their families assistance as well.” – NYS Senator, Chuck Schumer

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