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BUDGET: Don’t cut programs that provide jobs

Letter by Heidi J. Warren, Tacoma on Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm with 18 Comments »
October 27, 2011 2:06 pm

Unethical and immoral proposed budget cuts will affect many of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens. At the start of the legislature’s special session on Nov. 28, representatives will begin discussing the almost $2 billion budget deficit and the Department of Social and Health Service’s 10 percent proposed budget reduction.

Washington has committed to caring for our most vulnerable populations. Programs, such as supported employment, promote work for developmentally disabled adults by helping these individuals find and maintain meaningful employment in their communities.

DSHS is proposing to cut funding for supported employment. Approximately 4,100 Washingtonians with disabilities will lose their jobs from these cuts not only affecting participants of the program, but members of the entire community. Employees of supporting agencies will also lose their jobs. Parents of participants will be forced to quit their jobs to take care of their disabled sons and daughters. Additionally, local businesses will lose an integral part of their workforce.

Supported employment creates revenue. The program promotes diversity and productivity. Developmentally disabled Washingtonians, who otherwise would be isolated, unemployed and unable to contribute, are active, taxpaying members of society. According to the Washington State Employment Report of 2010, Washingtonians with developmental disabilities in individual jobs earned over $24 million in wages in 2009.

Cuts have to come from somewhere. However, cutting programs that provide jobs is not the way out of the recession.

We need to contact our legislators before Nov. 28 and advocate for continued funding for the supported employment program.

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  1. Rollo_Tomassi says:

    “Unethical and immoral proposed budget cuts will affect many of Washington’s most vulnerable citizens. “

    Really? Really???

    How about:
    “Unethical and immoral proposed tax increases will affect many of Washington’s hardest working citizens. “

    Let’s not beat up the people who are working so that the people who professionally don’t work have easier lives. Let’s look at what the chronically unemployed could do to make their employment prospects better.

  2. gilliegun says:

    Yeah those dang handicapped people are a drain on the system! Fire ‘em all I say!

    So tell me, how many cans of animal beer does it take for you to sleep at night?

  3. aislander says:

    Perhaps there would be more resources available to take care of those who can’t take care of themselves if we wasted fewer on those who won’t.

    Beyond that, leaving more of their own substance in the hands of taxpayers allows opportunity for creating more wealth that could be put to good purposes.

    Sending resources to government is a dead end…

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Looking at page 12 it lists 488 people affected.

  5. Heidi, extreme right wingnuts (conservatives and the like) do not care about the disadvantaged. Appealing to them is akin to pleading to the dark of night. We can only hope that reasonable minds will prevail and make the cuts where people as human beings are least involved.
    I suggest we start with roads.

  6. took14theteam says:

    That will help bring in more tax revenue if no goods and services move. Typical bleeding heart response.

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Look at the amount of programs available to the disabled and elderly. One small program cut (proposed by dems) and the extreme left immediately starts fearmongering. When you cannot win a debate through facts, reason, and common sense you turn immediately to fear tactics.

    The left, right, and center care for disabled. Except the right wants to care for them while caring for the rest of society at the same time. We are broke, and the ignorant like Publico do not acknowledge that without a sustainable budget, more and more support to all segments of the population will get cut.

  8. concerned, very, very weak. Surely you can do better than that. We could be not “broke” if the right would vote FOR something as simple as 2 cents on a bottle of soda or water.

  9. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Geez, Pub, buy a clue here. Not only would your… suggestion to cut road funding hurt the economy AND supported employment, but the fact is Initiative 1107 was approved by the not-so-conservative voters of Washington State AFTER your leftist buddies in the legislature executed an end-around the state’s two-third vote requirement to raise taxes and, surprise, surprise, your ear-to-the-rail governess rubber-stamped… er, signed it.

    It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that more than a few left-of-center types would have had to have voted for the initiative in order for it to have passed in this state. But then…

  10. Surprise! We get typical responses that reinforce my contentions from the expected mouthpieces. It makes everything I wrote that much more cogent.

  11. aislander says:

    The poverty rate in the US is 14%. The substance dependency rate in the US is 9%. Duh yuh think there’s some overlap there?

  12. LarryFine says:

    LOL… no kidding ai.

  13. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    He spelled it correctly, but obviously forgot to look up the definition.

    Mouthpieces? LMAO! Your “contentions“ are contentious, Pub – and, I fell intentionally so. Not even you believe your “contentions“.

  14. “The poverty rate in the US is 14%. The substance dependency rate in the US is 9%. Duh yuh think there’s some overlap there?”

    Florida implemented mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants, and found that welfare applicants are LESS likely to use drugs than is the general population. http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/28/business-us-welfare-drug-testing_8704912.html

  15. LarryFine says:

    Well “ehill”… unless the test is unannounced, there are ways to beat a drug test.

  16. LarryFine says:

    Hi Kard…

  17. ItalianSpring says:

    CUT CUT CUT. I have. So can gooberment.

  18. fuck the road funding and all that bull shit. Give back the benifits for gau to dshs and make it easier for people who need it. Rather then other dumb ass programs that do not help the people.

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