News — Advocacy
The Providers' Council received notice from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services that they are proceeding with establishing the FY 2013 Salary Reserve in accordance with the language in the FY 13 Conference Budget that you helped to secure for human service workers! Find out what your agency must do to apply for Salary Reserve funds.
Each year, the Council’s board reviews our strategic plan and notes our highlights. Directors requested that we share our progress related to our Five-Point Agenda for Human Service Reform to support your organization in fulfilling its mission.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve. As the House voted to override the Governor's veto on Tuesday, this completes the override process and secures a $20 million annualized salary increase for our sector's dedicated direct care workers.
The House voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Human Services Salary Reserve. Governor Patrick vetoed the $20 million Salary Reserve on July 8.
Rep. David Linsky has sent a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo, asking him to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve. The letter has the support of 108 representatives, nearly 70 percent of the House. Rep. Linsky plans to send the letter to Speaker DeLeo on Monday, July 16.
On Friday, July 13, the Providers' Council issued a Request for Response for a Healthcare Policy Consultant to assist the Council in understanding the policy and program impact of emerging federal and state healthcare issues as they impact the Council's membership and to assist the Council in developing healthcare policy positions. Responses are due to Bill Yelenak (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Monday, July 23 at noon.
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!
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.
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.
The Governor signed the state budget on Sunday, but vetoed half of the Salary Reserve for low-paid human services workers.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.
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The State House News Service wrote a brief on the $20 million Salary Reserve amendment, which was approved unanimously by the Senate on Thursday.
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.