Senate begins budget debate on Tuesday, May 24
The Senate began debating its FY '17 budget proposal on Tuesday, May 24, as it considers nearly 1,200 amendments to the spending plan that senators filed last week.
The Providers' Council has worked with senators to file two budget amendments. They are:
EHS Amendment 454: Employment Service Program (filed by Senator Michael Rodrigues)
- The amendment has six co-sponsors.
- The amendment would ensure Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) is funded at no less than the amount spent for the service in FY '16.
EHS Amendment 556: Pilot loan repayment program for direct care human service workers (filed by Senator Jennifer Flanagan)
- The amendment has 10 co-sponsors.
- The amendment would create a pilot education loan repayment program for low-paid human services workers and fund the pilot at $750,000.
The Council will keep its members updated throughout the process. Members with questions can contact Bill Yelenak.