BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House of Representatives has overridden Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of a Human Services Salary Reserve budget proposal.
House lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the override Tuesday afternoon. Now the measure heads to the Senate for consideration.
As part of its new budget, the legislature proposed a one-to-two percent annual increase for human services workers who make less than $40,000. The proposed salary reserve set aside a total of $20 million.
Patrick vetoed $10 million for the salary reserve earlier this month.
Supporters of the reserve thanked House lawmakers for what they say is an "investment" in the human services sector. They say the proposal would give workers an annualized raise of more than $600.