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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.

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.

More support needed for Sen. Spilka Salary Reserve letter!

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.

EOHHS releases provider allocation summary for FY ‘12

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.

Council, allies secure additional $1 million for CIES!

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.

Two Council bills reported favorably out of committee

We are happy to share with our members and supporters that the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing reported two Providers' Council bills favorably out of committee on Thursday, April 26

House omits Salary Reserve from budget

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 co-sponsor Salary Reserve!

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.

Participate in DAYS OF ACTION on April 23 & 24!

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!).

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