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Salary Reserve amendment adopted in Senate budget

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

BOSTON – In a unanimous vote, the Senate approved an amendment adding a $11.5 million one-time Salary Reserve to its budget proposal, giving a modest salary increase to low-paid direct care workers who perform incredibly complex jobs.

“We appreciate the support from legislative leadership in creating a fund to help these low-paid direct care workers who provide essential support to one-in-ten state residents,” said Council President & CEO Michael Weekes. “Senate President Therese Murray, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Stephen Brewer, and our amendment sponsor, Senator Karen Spilka, have made a big difference in the lives of these employees for the second straight year.”

By a unanimous 39-0 roll call vote, the Senate approved the modest increase for low-paid human services workers, who do not receive raises because of fixed state contracts.

“Our state’s direct care workers are essential employees, and they provide critical care to our friends and neighbors throughout the Commonwealth,” Weekes added. “This modest increase will help to reduce turnover in the human services sector and ensure clients receive the quality, consistent care that they deserve. We appreciate the Senate strengthening the human services sector and helping our Caring Force make it in Massachusetts.”

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.