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Council gives testimony for loan repayment bill

This morning Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes – along with eight human services workers – testified in support of House Bill 124: An act establishing an education loan repayment program for direct care human service workers. This bill, one of the Council’s legislative priorities this session, would help low-paid direct care workers by having the state repay qualified education loans for up to $1,800 per year ($150/month).

Individuals testifying alongside the Council at today’s hearing were from Bay Cove, HMEA, Justice Resource Institute, May Institute and Vinfen. The one thing they had in common was that their modest salaries are not enough to pay off the thousands of dollars of student debt they had acquired while obtaining their degrees.

The Council thanks workers for coming to the State House to tell their stories and also thanks The Caring Force, which again showed up at the State House to show support for this bill.

If you have any questions about the Council's loan repayment bill or other bills on our legislative agenda, please contact Bill Yelenak.