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A06590 Summary:

COSPNSRColton, Simon, Zinerman, Abbate, Jackson
Add §11, Ec Dev L
Directs the commissioner of economic development, in consultation with the commissioner of health and the state's REDCs to study, develop, and implement a long-term strategy to support the growth of the caregiving industry in New York state; directs the state's REDCs to direct 30% of their annual funding to such long-term strategy.
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A06590 Actions:

03/19/2021referred to economic development
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A06590 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to enacting the "investing in care act"   PURPOSE: To incorporate the caregiving sector as part of the state's economic development strategy.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Sets the title of the legislation. Section 2: Requires the commissioner of economic development to imple- ment a long-term strategy to support the growth of the caregiving indus- try in New York State. This strategy must be detailed in a report that analyzes the support needed to expand the caregiving industry; develop, recruit, and retain a skilled workforce; and innovation and new modes of delivering caregiving. Requires the state's REDCS to direct 30% of their annual funding to support implementation of the long-term strategy upon completion of the report. Section 3: Defines caregiving industry as including, but not limited to, direct care, home care, child care, non-profit nursing homes and resi- dential facilities, and other entities that support informal caregiving. Section 4: sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Caregiving is in crisis in New York State. New York State is facing an unprecedented elder boom. The population is aging, and people are living longer. These trends have accelerated over time. The COVID19 crisis has also laid bare the challenges facing the child care industry, as provid- ers have shuttered and parents have faced unprecedented challenges of working from home while also juggling child care and remote learning. Many families also face the challenge of sandwich care, providing care simultaneously to young children and aging loved ones. There is increas- ing demand for support for every type in the field of caregiving, but our extant models are proving inadequate to meet the moment. This bill proposes a new investment in caregiving. Our traditional approach to economic development - incentivizing employers to relocate or develop a new business in a part of the state through tax credits and financial incentives - has delivered mixed results. Often, the promised results made in exchange for generous payments and incentives fail to deliver on the public's investment. The Invest in Care Act proposes that we rethink economic development in New York State and place a greater emphasis on the needs of the moment: supporting good paying jobs in the caregiving industry that can deliver immediate results for our elders, children, and people in need of supportive caregiving of all sorts. By rethinking economic development to emphasize a caring economy and the needs of New York families, we can make an appropriate investment in caregiving and yield immediate results in the form of stronger, healthi- er communities.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
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A06590 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     March 19, 2021
        Introduced by M. of A. KELLES -- read once and referred to the Committee
          on Economic Development
        AN  ACT  to  amend the economic development law, in relation to enacting
          the "investing in care act"
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "investing
     2  in care act".
     3    § 2. The economic development law is amended by adding a  new  section
     4  11 to read as follows:
     5    §  11.  Investing in care. 1. The commissioner of economic development
     6  shall study, develop, and implement a long-term strategy to support  the
     7  growth of the caregiving industry in New York state. Such strategy shall
     8  be developed in consultation with the state's regional economic develop-
     9  ment  councils, the commissioner of health, and any other state agencies
    10  or other such organizations or persons as the  commissioner  shall  deem
    11  appropriate.  Such  strategy  shall be based on an analysis of financial
    12  support needed for:
    13    (a) growth of caregiving industry businesses and non-profits;
    14    (b) workforce development, recruitment, and  retention  needs  in  the
    15  caregiving industry; and
    16    (c)  innovation and new modes of caregiving delivery in the caregiving
    17  industry.
    18    2. Within one year of the effective date of this section, the  commis-
    19  sioner  shall  submit  a  report of their findings, recommendations, and
    20  plan for implementation of such long-term strategy,  including  proposed
    21  legislation, if any, to the governor and the legislature.
    22    3.  Beginning  January  first  next succeeding the date upon which the
    23  commissioner shall have submitted the report pursuant to subdivision two
    24  of this section, and annually thereafter, the state's regional  economic
    25  development councils shall direct thirty percent of their annual funding
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  to  the  commissioner  to be used in the implementation of the long-term
     2  strategy created pursuant to subdivision one of this section.
     3    4.  For  the  purposes  of  this  section, "caregiving industry" shall
     4  include, but not be limited to: direct  care,  home  care,  child  care,
     5  non-profit  nursing homes and residential facilities, and other entities
     6  that support informal caregiving, as the commissioner in their  judgment
     7  shall define such terms.
     8    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.
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