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Council, members discuss Salary Reserve in media

The Providers' Council has been in multiple news outlets over the last 48 hours, discussing Governor Deval Patrick's veto of the Salary Reserve. Patrick slashed the reserve, a fund for low-paid direct care staff, from $20 million to $10 million, and he changed language, giving workers a one-time payment of about $300 instead of the annualized $635/year raise approved by the Legislature.

The Council is asking Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo to support an override of the Governor's veto. You can help! Please e-mail your legislator, and ask them to sign onto a letter Rep. David Linsky has sent Speaker DeLeo, urging him to support the override.

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes has also been active in talking to the media since Governor Patrick vetoed the Salary Reserve on Sunday. A sampling of our press hits include:

Council board member and Tapestry Health CEO Leslie Laurie also appeared on WGGB, Channel 40, in Springfield to discuss the Salary Reserve.

Interested in contacting your local media but need help? Please contact Bill Yelenak at the Providers' Council.