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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.
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.
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 the Senate is co-sponsoring Sen. Karen Spilka's amendment for a Salary Reserve.
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.
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 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.
More than one-quarter of the Senate has signed on to help bring relief to human service workers by supporting a Salary Reserve in the Senate budget -- but that means nearly three-quarters of the Senate still need to hear from you.
The Providers' Council had a letter to the editor in the Boston Globe on Sunday, May 6. The Council was responding to Joan Vennochi's column of April 29, entitled "Nonprofit Greed's Real Victims."
The Provider Allocation Summary and the Appeals Process for the $10 million FY '12 Salary Reserve have been posted to www.mass.gov/salaryreserve. EOHHS has allocated 1.205% increases for applicable contracts.
Thanks to the advocacy of the Council's Employment Committee and membership, we were pleased to see the House increase funding for Comprehensive Integrated Employment Services funded through the Department of Transitional Assistance. The increase was part of an amendment the Council supported.
Even though the Salary Reserve amendment received broad, bipartisan support from nearly 100 state representatives, the House declined to include the Salary Reserve in its budget proposal for FY '13.
Nearly 100 representatives have stood with human services workers and co-sponsored a budget amendment that would create a $28 million Salary Reserve for the 31,500 employees making $40,000 and under.
Since our last update, even more legislators have signed on to support an amendment filed by Representative David Linsky's, the Human Services Salary Reserve (Amendment #259!).
After revieweing the latest numbers, we're blown away. You drafted e-mails. You made phone calls. You visited Beacon Hill. You sent tweets, wrote messages on Facebook walls and used other forms of social networking. And when the Salary Reserve amendment was filed by State Rep. David Linsky at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 73 representatives were listed with him.
The Providers' Council released its report Wednesday on Trends in the Human Service Landscapde. The Council commissioned the report, which was completed by Public Consulting Group. Trends in the Human Service Landscape details several major issues, including innovative models of human service payments, a shift to person-directed care and the decentralization of services.
Your phone calls, e-mails and contacts with representatives are already making a difference. As of 5 p.m. on April 12, 52 representatives have agreed to co-sponsor Representative David Linsky's Salary Reserve amendment. The amendment, the full text of which is below, would provide a $28 million Salary Reserve for human services workers making $40,000 and under.
The House Ways & Means Committee released its FY '13 budget proposal on April 11, and the spending plan did not include a Salary Reserve for low-paid human service providers. The Council had made a Salary Reserve for the 31,000 low-paid human services workers one of its two main budget priorities for FY '13.