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Providers’ Council lauds Gov. Patrick’s progressive tax plan

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

BOSTON – Governor Deval Patrick’s progressive proposal to raise the income tax and cut the sales tax should help many low-paid human services workers, consumers and clients, while bringing more funding into the human services system, Providers’ Council President & CEO Michael Weekes said Thursday.

“We appreciate Governor Patrick unveiling a progressive tax plan for Massachusetts that will generate additional revenue for state initiatives,” Weekes said. “Community-based organizations across the state are incredibly interested in discussing with Governor Patrick and the Legislature how this revenue could be used to help the state’s reform of human services in the Commonwealth.”

The Governor’s tax proposal would create an estimated $1.9 billion in additional revenue to support programs throughout Massachusetts. As the state works to fully and adequately fund all human services contracts under Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2008, government will need additional revenue in 2014 to meet those increasing needs, Weekes added. Additional residential funding for the Department of Developmental Services alone could total between $150 million and $175 million, according to estimates.

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.