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Veto override letter has 100 signers!

Rep. David Linsky's is writing a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, asking him to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve, and 100 representatives have now signed onto the letter!

Salary Reserve campaign nears 1,000 letters to Reps!

Council, members discuss Salary Reserve in media

Council co-signs letter to Speaker DeLeo urging Salary Reserve veto override

On Monday, July 9, Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes co-signed a letter with other members of The Collaborative -- the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers -- requesting Speaker DeLeo support an override of the Governor's veto of the Salary Reserve. Gov. Patrick's veto would reduce the Salary Reserve for human service workers from a $20 million fund for an annualized raise to $10 million for a one-time payment for a workforce of 31,500 workers who have gone five years without a raise.

Council quoted in Monday’s Boston Globe

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes was quoted in Monday's Boston Globe, discussing Governor Patrick's decision to veto $10 million in Salary Reserve funding.

Governor cuts in half Salary Reserve for human services workers

The Governor signed the state budget on Sunday, but vetoed half of the Salary Reserve for low-paid human services workers.

Gov. Patrick expected to sign budget Sunday, July 8

The Governor is expected to sign the budget on Sunday at noon, according to a State House News Service report. Will you help direct care workers by emailing the Governor today and asking him to protect the Salary Reserve in the final state budget?

Exercise your freedoms

The Caring Force recently highlighted a powerful story from one of its members about the challenges of making ends meet on a direct care workers salary, and the critical importance of exercising the freedoms we celebrate every Fourth of July to create positive change for the sector. Check out what he said!

Conference Committee budget contains $20m Salary Reserve!

The Conference Committee charged with negotiating the differences between the House and Senate budget proposals just reported out its compromise budget, it includes a $20 million annualized Salary Reserve!

70 State Reps. support Salary Reserve in letter

Seventy state representatives, led by State Rep. David Linsky, recently sent a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey, asking him to support a $20 million Salary Reserve during the Conference Committee deliberations. The Senate included the $20 million fund in its FY ’13 budget proposal.

Board members support Salary Reserve in letter to House Speaker

Nearly 170 board members of community-based human services organizations sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday afternoon, asking him to agree with a portion of the Senate's budget proposal that would create a $20 million Salary Reserve fund for low-paid workers.

Have you joined The Caring Force yet?

Have you joined The Caring Force yet? Find out more about it today!

Salary Reserve, Council highlighted in State House News!

The State House News Service wrote a brief on the $20 million Salary Reserve amendment, which was approved unanimously by the Senate on Thursday.

Senate approves $20m Salary Reserve!

You did it. Because of your advocacy, an annualized $20 million Salary Reserve has now been included in the Senate budget. The amendment has already been added to the spending plan, and we expect the Senate will approve the full budget later this week.

Council statement on Senate budget

Senate budget debate starts Wednesday

The Senate will begin its budget debate on Wednesday and is poised to consider an amendment to the state budget that would add a $28 million Salary Reserve! Stay tuned to providers.org for more details as the budget debate progresses.

Sixty percent of Senate co-sponsors Salary Reserve amendment!

Sixty percent of the Senate is co-sponsoring Sen. Karen Spilka's amendment for a Salary Reserve.

Salary Reserve not included in Senate budget proposal

As you have probably already heard, the Senate Ways & Means Committee introduced its FY '13 budget proposal today, and it did not include a Salary Reserve for human services direct care workers.

Senate budget due out Wednesday, 5/16!

The Senate Ways & Means Committee is expected to release its FY '13 budget proposal on May 16 around mid-day. Council members can expect an e-mail from the Providers' Council with any breaking news and anyone can check the Council website for updates.

More than half of Senate signs onto Salary Reserve letter!

More than half of the state Senate has signed onto a letter authored by Senator Karen Spilka that asks Senate leadership to include a Salary Reserve for direct care workers in its FY '13 budget proposal.

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