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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.

"During its budget deliberations last week, the Senate approved Sen. Karen Spilka’s amendment for a $20 million Salary Reserve by a unanimous, 36-0 roll call vote," the letter read. "Under the amendment, low-paid human services workers would receive a modest salary increase of about $12/week."

The letter was signed by 168 board members from 19 community-based nonprofit organizations that provide essential services to Massachusetts residents. Conferees from the House & Senate are currently debating the differences between the two budgets: the House does not contain a Salary Reserve, while the Senate has a $20 million reserve included.

"As board members of human services organizations in Massachusetts, we are very concerned these workers could go for a fifth straight year without an annualized salary adjustment," it continued. "We urge the House to agree with the Senate’s amendment during the conference committee process. As Senate President Murray said in the State House News, this is a “compassionate” initiative, and we ask for your support."

To download the full letter and see the entire list of signers, click here.