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Nearly 70 percent of House supports override of Governor’s Salary Reserve veto

Contact: Bill Yelenak
Email: byelenak@providers.org
Phone: 617-428-3637 x122 (office) | 860-919-0369 (cell)

Rep. David Linsky’s letter to leadership receives 108 signatures from representatives

BOSTON – Just one week after Governor Patrick cut in half a $20 million Salary Reserve for low-paid workers, nearly 70 percent of the House is supporting an effort to override the Governor’s veto.

Rep. David Linsky and 107 other representatives sent a letter Monday to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, asking him to support an override of the Governor’s veto of the Salary Reserve. The Salary Reserve is a fund which would provide a modest salary increase to 31,500 human services workers who haven’t received an annualized salary adjustment in five years and make an average of $12 an hour.

“We appreciate the tireless efforts of Rep. David Linsky, a true champion for human services, and incredible support from the other 107 representatives who understand the job direct care workers do and the importance of the Salary Reserve,” said Providers’ Council President & CEO Michael Weekes. “We remain optimistic that the House will override the Governor’s devastating veto, help low-paid staff, and strengthen the human services sector.”

The Legislature had proposed giving employees an annualized raise of about 1 to 2 percent or $630 per year. The Governor, however, cut the raise in half and proposed giving it to employees as a one-time payment rather than an annualized increase. Rep. Linsky, a longtime supporter of the Salary Reserve and the human services sector, immediately began garnering support among his colleagues to override the Governor’s veto.

“This is an issue that has overwhelming support in the Legislature from both Democrats and Republicans,” said Representative Linsky.  “We must maintain a strong human services safety net and this modest increase will go a long way to strengthen the industry.  I thank my colleagues for their commitment to this important issue.”

The Council and the entire human services sector is hopeful the House and Senate will override the Governor’s veto and workers will soon see the full $20 million annualized Salary Reserve restored in the FY ’13 budget.

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.