Friday, January 15, 2010

Working poor upset over cut in day care subsidies - GCASA Executive Director worried about agency's workforce

From the Buffalo News on 01/07/10:

Working poor upset over cut in day care subsidies

County action limiting eligibility may force ex-recipients to quit their jobs, go on welfare

You can read the whole article by clicking here.

GCASA currently has about 92 employees only 11 of which earn more than $40,000.00 per year. Of the remaining 81 employees, the average annual salary is $26,500.00. Many of GCASA's employees could be considered "working poor". Even so, a high placed OASAS official told us that OASAS would look "unfavorably" if GCASA was to give its employees a 2% raise in 2010 which on average would amount to an increase of $530.00.

As executive director, I would hate to loose any employees who had to resign because they could no longer afford day care for their children.

There is something seriously wrong with our priorities in the United States when we can spend billions of dollars to bailout the banks who give their employees millions of dollars in bonuses for selling bogus financial instruments, and spend a trillion dollars on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when poor working people in the third poorest major city in the United States, Buffalo, NY, loose their child care subsidies and have to go on welfare.

It's almost enough to drive you to drink.

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