Legislative Priorities Now

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.

Executive Director, Leo Sarkissian, speaking during a meeting.A number of pieces of Arc priority legislation are still being considered. Since this is an election year, both the state budget and all legislation that requires a roll-call vote (which is all policy) needs to be finished by July 31st to proceed forward this year. At this point this is where we stand: Continue reading

Senate Releases Ways and Means Budget

The Massachusetts State HouseSenate Chair Stephen Brewer and the Ways/Means Committee released a very positive 2015 budget for services on May 14.  The Budget supports “Blueprint for Success” which will increase community access for individuals with disabilities and bring our state’s services closer to the Olmstead decision and ADA.  The Senate also increased residential rates significantly reflecting Chapter 257.  Please see the budget chart for the Senate here. Continue reading