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Topic - Laura Howell
A provision to raise pay for workers who help developmentally disabled people is still holding up the minimum wage bill. More than 200 developmentally disabled residents and their caregivers converged on Annapolis Wednesday to help push the provision through.
The pay rate for social workers who help the developmentally disabled has become a roadblock for the minimum wage bill and legislators hope to reach a resolution in a meeting with the governor's staff Thursday.
The Maryland agency in charge of inspecting health-care facilities failed to conduct required annual inspections at more than half of the state's assisted-living homes, according to a state audit released last week.
She said these workers have stressful, demanding jobs.
Laura Howell, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Services, said she believed they were close to a compromise involving a raise of less than 35 percent.