Despite the recent news that New York State is facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, the Democratic Senate Majority is proposing legislation to raise the taxpayer-funded wages of state prison inmates – and they’re doing it with no estimates on how much it will cost taxpayers.
Senator Zellnor Myrie (D - Brooklyn) has introduced the "Prison Minimum Wage Act" (Senate Bill Number 3138) to set the minimum wage for all prisoners at $3.00 per hour for tasks such as cleaning, maintenance, and manufacturing products.
New York State needs to get its priorities straight. Before we think about tripling the minimum wage for prisoners, we need to fulfill our obligation to hard-working, law-abiding citizens like Direct Service Providers (DSPs) who take care of those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Last year Governor Cuomo promised a cost-of-living adjustment increase would be included for DSPs in each State Budget starting in 2018, but that promise is not being fulfilled.
As I have stated: Let’s appropriately care for our people with disabilities, not coddle criminals.
Join me today and sign the petition to oppose giving state prisoners a raise.