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BUDGET: New savings not all good news

Letter by Terri Baker, Tacoma on Feb. 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm with 3 Comments »
February 21, 2012 5:09 pm

The News Tribune reports that there is $340 million in newly expected savings from less reliance on state services.

Of course, there is a drop in the use of state services. The eligibility for the Basic Health Plan and TACID were raised and home care hours for the disabled and elderly have been cut four times in the last three years.

The need is still there; the services have just disappeared. This is balancing the budget on the back of the state’s most vulnerable. New revenue must be found.


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  1. It’s always a good cost effective measure to toss the most vulnerable out on the street to fend for themselves. (facetiously speaking…)

  2. itwasntmethistime says:

    We never could afford to provide comprehensive health care to every person in the state. We tried, and now our schools are suffering, our infrastructure isn’t being properly maintained, and our public safety is at risk.

    If you MUST attempt to place the blame for failing at something that most of us knew wasn’t possible in the first place, blame the people who are abusing the medical system and sucking up more than their share of resources. For starters, blame the obese people who create their own health problems for other people to pay for. Then move on to people making babies they can’t provide for. Quit blaming those who are paying the bills for not being able to pay more. Instead, blame the people who aren’t doing what they can to reduce what they need from others.

  3. olympicmtn says:

    So we hear there is an increasing amount of disability claims… do you really think people who are stressed out deserve my tax dollars? HELL NO

    “I’m not one to generally say “I told you so,” but in this case, well, I told you so!

    Two weeks ago I said to start paying attention to the explosion in disability claims because for far too many, this lucrative federal program has become the new cash cow to supplement or replace other taxpayer-funded programs.

    There has been in recent months a virtual explosion of disability claims, with mental disability topping the list of “ailments” for those seeking monthly disability checks.

    The numbers are actually staggering.

    In new figures just released, 43 percent of the new disability claims are for mental illness and stress.!!!!!!”


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