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Proposed $15 minimum wage in Delaware clears first hurdle

The Delaware Senate Labor Committee approved a bill that would increase Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour despite vocal opposition from the business, hospitality and agriculture communities. It now awaits a vote before the full Senate. Critics say the bill would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in pay increases for state workers, lead to less hiring – notably in organizations and state agencies serving people with disabilities – and create a barrier for young people trying to enter the workforce.

Ali Stroker accepts her Tony Award for featured actress in a musical
Ali Stroker wins a Tony Award and makes history with her wheelchair trip to the podium

Ali Stroker made history by becoming the first actor in a wheelchair to win the Tony Award for featured actress in a musical for her performance as Ado Annie in an edgy revival of “Oklahoma!” Stroker, who has paralysis stemming from injuries she sustained in a car accident when she was 2, previously made history as the first Broadway actor who uses a wheelchair in a 2015 run of the musical “Spring Awakening.”

Mark W. Kristunas leads a group of police recruit runners as they accompany the torch
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will take to the road next week

Delaware law enforcement officers will participate in the 33rd Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Delaware next week leading up to the Summer Games, which start June 14. The run will involve more than 500 officers and span 160 miles.

Rebecca Streets-Montagna, Donna Hopkins, Ian Snitch and Bill Sullivan pose in front of hotel where Ian was hired to work.
Internship program helps students with disabilities earn jobs at Newark businesses

This feature story highlights the internship and employment preparation opportunities available to students in CDS’s Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC), a two-year postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. It focuses on three recent CLSC graduates, Catherine Lin, Mike Massello and Ian Snitch, all of whom were hired by the employers they interned with. The students and their supporters emphasize how the positions have helped them grow and become more confident.

Adult with caregiver
Unions, states confront Trump home care worker rule

The Trump administration has issued a rule blocking hundreds of thousands of Medicaid-funded home health aides from deducting union dues from their paychecks, which may also stop the workers from making payroll deductions for health insurance premiums and training costs. Home health aides expressed concern that the rule will weaken their ability to work together to improve their jobs and better serve their clients. A major union and a coalition of five Democratic state attorneys general have separately sued the Trump administration over the regulation.