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Income tax rate cut could hurt state’s most vulnerable

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

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.

"As revenue officials are cutting the state's tax rate and budget officials are pointing toward a difficult 2012, we are concerned that this move could end up hurting the one in ten individuals who receive vital human services from our state," said Providers' Council President and CEO Michael Weekes. "But we must not mislead taxpayers that we have more than enough revenue in a sector where nearly 60 percent of organizations have had cumulative deficits on their state activities since 1993."

"We understand state residents need tax relief – many of those who are struggling with low wages are direct care workers in the human services system," he added. "But we must ensure that cutting the state's tax rate does not hurt our most vulnerable who receive essential supports from this chronically underfunded sector."

The Providers' Council, also known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is the largest statewide membership association for community-based organizations providing social, rehabilitation, education and health care services.