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Aug. 30, 2016: Hoosick Falls Senate hearing, NY’s medical marijuana program, direct care crisis

Sen. Kathy Marchione (R – Halfmoon) shares what she expects to hear from today’s Senate hearing on water contamination in Hoosick Falls. Then Asm. Steve McLaughlin (R – Rensselaer Co.) joins Susan for more on Hoosick Falls hearings.

Is over-regulation hindering the expected growth of New York State’s new medical marijuana industry? We will speak with Hillary Peckham, the Chief Operating Officer of Etain LLC, one of the handful of companies chosen to participate in the medical marijuana program.

Direct care workers face a perfect storm that could leave individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries without the care they need. Direct care agencies receive their primary funding from the government and with new federal regulations, the state’s increased minimum wage and no Medicaid rate increase, the agencies will not be able to keep or increase their employment levels. We will hear from Rhonda Frederick, the President of Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York and Barb DeLong, a parent of a daughter with a developmental disability, about the #bFair2DirectCare Coalition’s “300 Days to Better Pay.”

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