Democrats add $100+ million in spending

Despite the serious fiscal problems facing the state, two other vetoes were overridden by Senate Democrats that would add more than $100 million in spending each year.

While Republican lawmakers noted the proposals were well-intentioned, the hefty price tag of the proposals made them impossible to support.

Senate Bill 2536 requires non-relative providers in the child care assistance program to participate in orientation pre-service trainings.  Additionally, it requires the non-relative providers to be paid $15 an hour for their time spent at the trainings.  This legislation would cost $28.4 million for training and $1.9 million for insurance, annually.

Senate Bill 2931 increases wages for personal assistants and individual maintenance home health workers to no less than $15 an hour. The total cost of this bill is estimated at $86.6 million annually. 

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