Message From The CEO
Election night 2016 certainly brought a lot of surprises. Foremost among my hopes is that a Trump presidency will preserve the special minimum wage for people with disabilities.
During her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton stated that “Among my administration’s highest priorities will be to eliminate the sub-minimum wage.” The sentiment behind such a policy position is certainly laudable. In reality, however, had the special/sub-minimum wage program been eliminated through a Presidential Executive Order it is extremely likely that a least 150 people with intellectual and other disabling conditions who work at our Fresh Approach and Q-Box divisions would have been rendered permanently unemployed.
Similarly, the serious recent regulatory threats to certificate based postsecondary educational programs, including those of our College for Technical Education division, will hopefully be reexamined and revised as well.
Consequently, it is my hope that 2017 and beyond will bring a renewal of optimism and opportunity for Employment Solutions and its mission.