* The budget takes into account the challenges parents face as they make decisions regarding their families. Specifically, the plan provides an additional $1 million for infertility service as well as $750,000 for family planning services.
* The budget also provides 3.9 million to support the payment for Early Intervention Services, which are critical in helping infants and toddlers with developmental delays that can be remedied early on with appropriate care.
Women’s Equality Act (A.8070)
* This 10-point act would ensure greater fairness for the
women of New York by not only achieving pay equity, but by
also protecting a woman’s right to make decisions about her
own body, combating sexual harassment, strengthening
human-trafficking laws and increasing protections for victims of
domestic violence. * However, the state Senate has failed to pass
the 10-point Women’s Equality Act. It’s time women achieve full
equality. It’s now up to the Senate to make sure this happens
because women deserve the same rights as men.
Equal Pay Day in New York
* It’s outrageous that in 2014 a wage gap still exists between men and women. That’s why it’s been one of my top priorities to work toward pay equity – because this isn’t just a women’s issue – this is a family issue.
* Closing the wage gap would put more money in working families’ bank accounts.
* Recently, I renewed my commitment to this cause by supporting a resolution declaring April 8, 2014, as Equal Pay Day in New York.
* This resolution is another step in shining a light on the deeply unfair wage disparity women face.
Strengthening New York’s child care system
The 2014-15 state budget provides funding to increase access to quality, affordable child care. The provisions include:
* $34 million for more than 4,500 additional subsidized child care slots;
* Disregarding the earned income of teenagers under 18 in the household
for the purpose of determining a family’s child care subsidy eligibility; and
* Requiring child care providers to post their most recent inspection report
in a prominent place.