Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities Council Grateful for Human Services COLA in Budget Resolutions

Published on March 13th, 2019

Catholic Charities and other human services sector employees are a critical link in the social safety net.
(Photo courtesy Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany)

The New York State Catholic Conference and the Council
of Catholic Charities Directors are grateful that the New York State Senate and
Assembly both included in their one-house budget resolutions a 2.9 percent cost
of living adjustment (COLA) for the state’s human services sector.

“Catholic Charities and the state’s other human
services providers are an irreplaceable part of the state’s safety net for
vulnerable individuals and families. The funding of the human services COLA in
the legislature’s one-house budgets recognizes this fact,” said Michael Lawler,
director of Catholic Charities for the Catholic Conference. “We’re grateful to
the Senate and Assembly for acknowledging this economic justice issue, and we
urge that the COLA be included in the final negotiated budget.”

The Senate and Assembly resolutions represents a departure
from the Executive Budget proposal submitted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which
recommended deferring the COLA, as has occurred in eight of the last 10 years.

The Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of New
York State in public policy matters.

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