I attended the town hall meeting in Tacoma Tuesday given by Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus regarding proposed cuts to the DSHS budget. The proposed cuts are even more alarming than what we’ve been through the past couple of years.
It is shameful that our state can’t take care of the most vulnerable and that our only option is to further diminish our most fragile citizens. Their caregivers and the private social services organizations who help are also facing financial disaster.
Cutting the DSHS monies paid for the difficult work they do means they’ll lose jobs, homes, money and then they’ll also be needing the support systems that won’t exist. We should be seriously worried about adding thousands more people to our poverty rolls.
We have to increase revenue. It’s not popular, but that’s what people and households do when money is tight. They work extra jobs and jobs they don’t like to make ends meet.
Cutting these government services is unconscionable. It’s time for all of us share more of the burden. We need to strengthen our community and state, not demolish it.