So, during Senator Elizabeth Warren’s visit to Chatham on Saturday, “Becca, a graduate of Northeastern University, asked Warren what her back-up plan was if President Biden didn’t cancel more of his debt. student loan.”
Dear Becca and Senator Warren, the backup plan is: Pay your debt. You and any other consumer acquiring a loan have signed a legal document expressing your intention to repay the borrowed money. Period. There was no clause that the taxpayers would “save” you from any madness you might find yourself in in the future.
As an aside to Warren, Americans don’t want to eliminate student debt, they want people to pay their legal obligations. Furthermore, they want an education system that does not continue to raise its tuition fees to meet any new government subsidy, as they will again if this attack on the middle and lower income classes is enacted.
If anyone wants to take on student debt, it should be colleges and universities sitting on billions of dollars in endowment. And stop paying teachers $350,000 a year to teach a class.
Jonathan Borden, East Falmouth
The state must raise the wages of human service workers
As Director of Community Services for Transition Centres, a non-profit organization providing essential day care services to people across Cape Town, I have witnessed first hand the crisis in the workforce social services.
Salaries received by social service professionals, which are determined by state reimbursement rates, do not reflect the vital nature of our work helping neuro-diverse adults (including those with developmental and developmental disorder, autism, generalized anxiety disorder, deafness, psychiatric disorders, Prader Willi syndrome and blindness) develop skills to help them become more confident, competent and independent in the community.
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Massachusetts vendors are facing high vacancy rates, and direct service personnel are leaving for better-paying, less-stressful jobs, often at fast food outlets or delivery businesses. We are currently unable to serve everyone who needs our services as we are understaffed to support them.
To retain agency staff and provide the care our most vulnerable neighbors need, the state must raise wages to just over $20 an hour – a fair and living wage. It will take $581 million in new state investment to achieve this. We need State Senators Julian Cyr and Susan Moran, and Senate leaders, to support social service workers and the people we serve by paying these professionals a living wage.
Scott Chaussé, South Yarmouth
Personal care workers should be paid a living wage
Having a child with a disability is sometimes rewarding and sometimes difficult. We rely on Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) to help support our child with daily tasks. They are not babysitters. The PCA helps kids like Bridget become self-sufficient in dressing, eating and accessing community programs. A PCA becomes an integral part of the family and comes to love and care for our child.
Salaries for these workers are based on state reimbursement. The low salary makes the choice of a career in the field of disability undesirable. A PCA cannot support himself on less than $17 an hour and leaves the workforce for better equity. PCA is a viable person in our workforce and should be paid accordingly.
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The state must act. There are proposals to raise entry-level wages to just over $20 an hour, which can give our PCAs a living wage and allow agencies to not only retain staff, but also recruit. We need Senator Susan Moran, D-Falmouth, to invest in fully funding the social services workforce to ensure families like ours have access to lifesaving programs.
Kerri Ames, East Sandwich