Wages for essential service workers who take care of disabled and elderly people were expected to be the topic during the Senate hearing on Tuesday.
Advocates are asking for a boost in funding to deal with staff shortages in that sector.
There is a higher vacancy rate in the field now compared to before the pandemic began.
Services and programs have closed down due to staff shortages, and after surveying agencies, 93% reported job applicants have declined.
Workers make on average between $15.42 and $15.88, which is comparable to fast food workers who make $15.
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