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The state Senate will release its FY '17 budget proposal on Tuesday, May 17.
The state House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 27 unanimously approved a $39.51 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2017.
Despite securing more than 50 co-sponsors and legislators receiving more than 900 letters of support over the past two weeks, Amendment #914 - the pilot loan repayment program for direct care human services workers filed by Rep. Jeffrey Roy - was not included in consolidated amendment (G) Tuesday night as the state House of Representatives continued to work through its FY '17 budget proposal.
The state budget debate begins on Monday, April 25, and more than 50 representatives have co-sponsored Rep. Jeffrey Roy's amendment #914.
A number of representatives have co-sponsored two budget amendments filed by legislators on behalf of the Providers' Council and our members.
House Ways & Means budget proposal focuses on increasing local aid while level-funding most EOHHS programs.
All four human service workers say they are passionate about their work, but burdened by student debt.
Sen. Flanagan, Rep. Roy and Rep. Fox were recognized for their ongoing support of human services.
Rising need for human service employees could help shape job-training programs.
Research shows that human services job growth will continue its surge through the next eight to 10 years, but filling those positions will be one of the sector's greatest challenges.
Student loan lawyer Adam Minsky discusses repayment and forgiveness options available.
The Caring Force will put human service workforce issues front and center at the State House on April 11th.
The Providers' Council will host its Annual Business Meeting and The Changing Face of Human Services forum on Wednesday, April 6 at The Verve Hotel in Natick.
Clients, providers, the DTA commissioner and legislative champions came together to mark the success of CIES and job training programs.
The Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities advanced the Council's student loan repayment legislation.
The Providers' Council is attending all Chapter 257 information sessions that are being held across the Commonwealth.
In addition to the presidential primary, three state House of Representative seats were also decided.
The Joint Committee on Revenue Tuesday reported out a bill "in part" but removed a potentially damaging provision that would give cities and towns a right-of-first-refusal provision when a nonprofit seeks to sell property or change its use.
The Providers' Council joined other human services membership associations on Thursday, February 18 in sending a letter to the Joint Committee on Revenue in opposition to Section 27 of House Bill 3908, An act modernizing municipal finance and government.
The Joint Committee on Ways & Means has scheduled an FY '17 budget hearing on Feb. 22 for EOHHS agencies.