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Gov. Baker submits Supplemental Budget bill

In addition to signing the FY '16 state budget on July 17, Governor Charlie Baker also filed a Supplemental Budget bill to support the recommendations from the Governor's Opioid Working Group and to fund the annualization of the FY '15 Human Services Salary Reserve, along with other items.

The Supplemental Budget bill -- House 3676 -- is available in its entirety online. When the Legislature added the Salary Reserve to its FY '15 budget proposal, they intended for it to be annualized. Unfortunately, the annualization wasn't included in any FY '16 budget proposals or human services contracts due to an inadvertent oversight in the transition of administrations.

Baker's budget proposal would fund the Salary Reserve annualization at $5.3 million, ensuring the 8,500 workers who received the FY '15 Salary Reserve get an annualized increase rather than a one-time payment.

The Providers' Council sent a letter this week to Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Senate Ways & Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka and House Ways & Means Chairman Brian Dempsey urging them to support the Supplemental Budget bill and the funding for low-paid human services workers.

The Providers' Council will keep members informed as this progresses. Please contact Vice President of Public Policy & Development Bill Yelenak with any questions.