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New Jersey home care and home healthcare workers are in line for a pay hike under the proposed budget unveiled by Gov. Phil Murphy (D). The budget calls for $240 million in wage increases for certified nurses aides, personal care assistants, direct support professionals, Medicaid transportation providers and child care workers.

“The committed workers showing up daily to care for some of our most vulnerable deserve to know they’re valued and supported,” New Jersey Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman said in a press release.

Under the plan, $157,000 is earmarked for workers who provide direct care for older adults living at home, $134 million is earmarked for direct care nurses, and $9 million is earmarked for Medicaid transportation providers who drive patients to dialysis and medical appointments.

If approved, the budget increases would take effect July 1.