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Council, members testify in support of fair pay

The proposed legislation would bring salaries paid to staff of human services provider organization in line with those paid to state workers doing similar jobs.

Council, members testify in support of loan repayment bill

The loan repayment legislation - H.116 and S.42 - would help low-paid human services workers alleviate some of their student loan debt.

Council testifies in opposition to PILOT bills

Joining other statewide associations on Tuesday, June 13, the Providers' Council testified at the State House before the Joint Committee on Revenue against four bills that seek to institute payments in lieu of taxes or create burdensome regulations for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

Senate Ways & Means releases FY ‘18 budget plan

Key EOHHS items are funded, and the proposal gives the Governor options with regard to a health care assessment.

Caring Force rallies, honors Speaker DeLeo

Hundreds turned out in support of human services at the Sixth Annual Caring Force State House Rally.

State cuts rates for AFC; budget language would reverse move

The reduction to Adult Foster Care funding sets the rates back to pre-2007 levels.

House proposes $40.33B budget for FY ‘18

The House Ways & Means Committee presented a budget that invests in early education, addiction and recovery services and housing supports but also would assess fines on employers not offering health insurance.

Council seeking solutions to ease burden of student debt

The Council is offering education, legislation and sharing tools and information to help the human service workforce with student debt.

House, Senate schedule budget hearings across state

The Providers' Council encourages members to attend hearing when possible to advocate for funding in the FY '18 budget.

Council releases report on human services workforce crisis

Who Will Care: The Workforce Crisis in Human Services outlines challenges and solutions for community-based nonprofit providers.

Governor launches FY ‘18 budget process with House 1 proposal

The spending bill was generally favorable to human services programs.

Providers’ Council files three bills this legislative session

The Council has put forward a Pro-Workforce Legislative Agenda for the 2017-18 session.

Administration announces $98M in mid-year budget cuts

The Baker Administration says lagging tax revenues prompted reductions to the FY '17 budget.

DOL overtime exemption rises on Dec. 1

Nonprofits are included in the regulation change that increases the number of employees eligible to be paid overtime for their work.

Administration and Finance Forum for human service nonprofits

Secretaries Lepore and Sudders discuss the state budget picture and priorities for the coming year.

Council submits testimony on family stabilization rates

The Council and members ask EOHHS to revisit proposed rate taking into consideration locations, the coming OT change and other issues.

Rare weekend sessions continue on Beacon Hill

There will be another flurry of activity as the House and Senate work to wrap up the session.

Several rate hearings scheduled for August

Hearings address certain placement and supports and youth-stabilization services.

Council, others oppose property tax payments for nonprofits

A coalition of 17 nonprofit associations from across Massachusetts register opposition to a bill provision on taxing nonprofits.

Governor’s cuts include earmarks, CIES language

The FY '17 spending plan goes back to the House and Senate for review, finalization.

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