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Governor cuts in half Salary Reserve for human services workers

BOSTON – Before signing the FY '13 budget on Sunday afternoon, Governor Patrick cut in half a $20 million Salary Reserve, only leaving $10 million for approximately 31,500 low-paid human services workers. Governor Patrick also proposes changing the section's language by removing an annualized raise and switching the reserve to a one-time payment.

Conference budget has $20m for human service workers

BOSTON – The Conference Committee budget proposal includes a $20 million Salary Reserve, which would give low-paid human services workers a modest annualized salary increase – their first in five years. Conferees released the budget proposal late Wednesday night, and the House and Senate are expected to vote on the spending plan on Thursday.

Council expands knowledge, capacity for nonprofits

BOSTON – The Providers’ Council, the Massachusetts member of the National Council of Nonprofits, announced Tuesday that the Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI), a recognized leader in nonprofit advocacy training, has joined forces with the National Council.

Ninety-five State Reps. co-sponsor salary amendment

BOSTON – Ninety-five state representatives are co-sponsoring Rep. David Linsky’s Human Services Salary Reserve amendment (#259) that would provide a modest salary increase to human services workers. The amendment would create a $28 million fund for 31,500 low-paid workers, amounting to a raise of about $17/week. Many of these employees, who provide services to one in ten vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth, have gone without an annualized salary increase over the last five years due to fixed state contracts. Direct care workers, who provide services on behalf of the state, make an average of $12 an hour, and nearly 80 percent of the jobs in the sector are filled by women.

Radical changes forecast in nonprofit human services sector

BOSTON – The state’s largest human services membership association, the Providers’ Council, and the nationally recognized Public Consulting Group will release a report on April 11 detailing emerging trends in the state’s human services sector that can radically change the sector and payment processes.

More than 500 supporters of community-based human services to rally at State House on April 2

BOSTON – More than 500 human services clients, consumers, family members, workers, executives, board members, volunteers – members of The Caring Force – are expected to attend a rally at the State House in Boston on Monday, April 2. They will fill the Grand Staircase and Nurses Hall areas at 10:30 a.m. to rally in support of increased funding for human services and an annualized salary adjustment for direct care workers, who are among the lowest-paid individuals in the Commonwealth.

Council to release report, hold forum on service delivery

BOSTON – The state’s largest human services membership association and Public Consulting Group will release a report on March 20 detailing emerging trends in the state’s human services sector.

Budget maintains critical human services funding, but omits salary reserve

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick’s $32.3 million House 2 budget proposal, released Wednesday, makes a concerted effort to increase state revenues and keep most critical human services line items funded at least at FY ’12 levels.

Income tax rate cut could hurt state’s most vulnerable

State officials are preparing to certify a tax cut on Thursday, and the elimination of more than $110 million in revenue could cause cuts to human services clients and mislead the public into believing that the state has more than enough funds to support its residents' needs.

Travis Roy to keynote 36th Council Convention

Former Boston University hockey player Travis Roy, the founder of The Travis Roy Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the 36th Annual Providers' Council Convention & Expo at the Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel on Tuesday, November 29.

Nonprofits ask Kerry to protect charitable deduction

More than 200 nonprofits from across Massachusetts, many of them community-based human services organizations, have signed a letter to Senator John Kerry, asking him to urge the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to preserve the tax deduction for charitable giving.

More than 130 business leaders, professionals ask state leaders to support direct care workers

More than 130 business sector leaders and professionals sent a letter on Thursday to Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo asking them to insert a salary reserve for low-paid human services workers into a recently introduced supplemental budget.

Modest salary adjustment should come from surplus

The Providers' Council recently renewed its call for the administration to give a small salary adjustment to low-paid direct care workers, who have gone nearly four years without even a basic cost-of-living increase.

Council applauds Senate’s passage of CHINS reform

The Providers' Council on Thursday applauded the State Senate's unanimous passage of legislation designed to help children and families receive services they need before children have to go to court and face a judge.

State managers receive raises; human services next?

The Boston Globe reported on Thursday, June 9 that Governor Deval Patrick has approved a 3 percent raise for state managers. In response, the Providers' Council, which has been a vocal advocate for fair funding for human service contracts and employee wages, issued the following release and hopes to meet with the administration to discuss how the Commonwealth can better support direct care professionals who earn an average for $12/hour while caring for the most vulnerable people in our communities.

House budget proposal cuts human service programs

On Wednesday, April 13, the Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee unveiled their FY '12 budget proposal. In response, the Council issued the following release on behalf of the more than 200 human service providers we represent.

Budget must lessen cuts to state’s most vulnerable

On Wednesday, January 26, Governor Patrick unvailed his FY '12 budget proposal, which included a number of potentially harmful cuts to human services. In response, the Council issued the following release on behalf of the more than 200 human service providers we represent.

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