News — State Legislature
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.
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 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.
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