On May 20th ADAPT of Texas and Desert ADAPT made a “Hail Mary” pass to get the $10 base wage for community attendants, and took over the Governor’s office trying to get him to come out and publicly support the $10 base wage. The Governor chose to ignore this effort and 15 ADAPT members were arrested. The next day the Conference Committee on the budget voted a 14 cent raise; that will bring the base wage up to a whopping $8 an hour. The only one to vote against this travesty? Rep. Sylvester Turner
The last vote on the budget has not been taken yet so the fight continues, but the condescension of the legislators can be summed up in the comment Senator Jane Nelson made to the San Antonio Express News that community attendants got a raise the last 2 sessions (bringing the base wage up to a super generous $7.86 per hour.) Echos from Oliver Twist (“more? YOU WANT MORE?”) DD providers were given an unrequested rate hike in the meantime.
Meanwhile leaders of our state are gutting efforts to end unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities. The Paul Workman amendment directed a study of alternative uses for the Austin State Supported Living Center (SSLC) and delayed the closure of Austin SSLC to 2019. This study looks to:
- Determine the feasibility of collocating the Austin SSLC and the Austin State Hospital on the same grounds. [A mega-institution, what a concept!]
- Consider partnership opportunities for governmental or healthcare organizations to purchase or lease portions of the Austin SSLC.
- Have people from the community come to the Austin SSLC for services. [Austin SSLC is so bad the feds are threatening to take their Medicaid funding, so naturally we want to send more people with disabilities there.]
Susan King proposed many amendments to SB 204 that would fundamentally change the bill including:
- Carve out the closure of Austin SSLC altogether.
- Allows all chronically deficient SSLCs to provide services to people in the community.
For more details on all the “innovations” of the State’s plans for people with disabilities check out Community Now!
The bottom line however seems to be, we won’t help community services, we just want to waste more money locking people up and paying for studies to repeat what we already studied. In case you thought Texas considered you an equal citizen, you might want to rethink that.
Here are the folks who brought you to this place:
Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.; Anderson, R.; Ashby; Aycock; Bell; Bernal; Blanco; Bohac; Bonnen, D.; Bonnen, G.; Burns; Burrows; Button; Canales; Capriglione; Clardy; Coleman; Collier; Cook; Craddick; Crownover; Cyrier; Dale; Darby; Davis, S.; Davis, Y.; Deshotel; Elkins; Faircloth; Farias; Farney; Farrar; Fletcher; Flynn; Frullo; Galindo; Geren; Giddings; Goldman; González; Guerra; Guillen; Gutierrez; Harless; Hernandez; Herrero; Howard; Huberty; Hughes; Hunter; Isaac; Israel; Johnson; Keffer; Keough; King, K.; King, P.; King, S.; King, T.; Koop; Krause; Kuempel; Landgraf; Larson; Laubenberg; Leach; Longoria; Lozano; Márquez(C); Martinez; Martinez Fischer; McClendon; Metcalf; Meyer; Miller, D.; Miller, R.; Minjarez; Moody; Muñoz; Murphy; Murr; Naishtat; Nevárez; Oliveira; Otto; Paddie; Parker; Paul; Phelan; Phillips; Pickett; Raney; Riddle; Rodriguez, E.; Rodriguez, J.; Romero; Rose; Sanford; Schaefer; Schofield; Sheets; Sheffield; Simmons; Simpson; Smith; Springer; Stephenson; Thompson, E.; Thompson, S.; Tinderholt; Turner, C.; Turner, E.S.; VanDeaver; Villalba; Vo; Walle; White, J.; White, M.; Workman; Wray; Wu; Zedler; Zerwas
Maybe you thought some of these folks were our friends? Might want to rethink that as well.
The only ones to vote against these crappy changes?
- Burkett; Dutton; Fallon; Gonzales; Klick; Raymond; Rinaldi; Shaheen; Spitzer; Stickland