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I-1163: Legislature must heed voter will

Letter by Peggy Myers, Tacoma on Nov. 30, 2011 at 10:47 am with 5 Comments »
November 30, 2011 11:45 am

It’s unbelievable to me that groups are asking the Legislature to suspend funding for Initiative 1163.

Have they forgotten that this is the second time in three years that voters have made home-care safety and training a priority in this state? Or are they simply ignoring the will of voters?

I-1163 passed last month with 65 percent approval; in 2008 it passed with 73 percent approval. It’s time we fund this common-sense initiative.

I have a mother that I provide care for. If something happened to me, I want to feel confident the person coming in to care for her is safe and well-trained.

The Legislature needs to get its act together and create a balanced budget and increase revenue. We have experienced three years of cuts to vital services and can’t afford anymore. Lawmakers must fund I-1163 and ensure our elderly and disabled citizens receive the safe, quality care they need and deserve.

The people have spoken, and now the Legislature must act.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    If a person wants a job in this economy, they could pay for the training through a student loan. Why in the Hell am I paying for training for someone. I’m still paying student loan for my daughter. Wait, I know…..kissing the union butts and expanding the voter base with my money.

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    Peggy, if you want to make sure the person caring for your mother is safe and well-trained, check their credentials. Don’t hire one who hasn’t completed whatever training courses you think are necessary.

  3. bigredone says:

    The whole problem with I-1163 is the cost. We, the taxpayers, are once again being told we have to pay for something that most of us will never use (we hope). I have no problem with the training. If you want to go into this field and you want or need the training, pay for it. Do not make us, the taxpayers, pay some union big money in the form of training for their their future members.

  4. itwasntmethistime says:

    Actually, bigred, the problem is that there is no way to individualize which people need what training, so they want to cross-train everybody, which is extrememly wasteful. People who work with invalids need more training with lifting methods and such, while people who work with fully ambulatory mentally disabled people need more training in entirely different areas. Cross-training everybody means nobody ends up being very good at anything.

  5. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    If this SEIU “employment act of 2011″ is funded I want those funds to come from some other senior social program. The SEIU didn’t provide any funding so if this is their priorty fund it, but cut it from one of there other wasteful programs.

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