Letters to the Editor

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Tag: I-1082

Oct.
18th

ELECTION: Don’t fall for I-1082 backers’ claims

I have been in the state five years. In California, I worked for various small businesses. We had five or six contractors in Washingotn. I laughed every time I had to pay the workers’ compensation for them because it was so low.

Washington rates are quite low because the government does not work for profit, just results.

Big corporations are abusing the people’s initiative process by tricking us to vote them in.

California’s workers’ comp laws allow the competition being touted as so good. Every year we renewed our policies. If you had used the insurance, they dropped you. The

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Oct.
11th

ELECTION: I-1082 would benefit big insurers

Re: “Yes on 1082″ (editorial, 10,8).

We all know that the state Department of Labor & Industries is not perfect; however, Initiative 1082 is not the answer. An independent economic analysis establishes that I-1082 would result in substantial costs to Washington businesses with little to no benefit for people injured on the job.

Premiums will move from an hour- and risk-based system to a payroll-based system with no payroll limitation or caps. This increase in premiums will go into effect immediately and permanently, and business owners would pay regardless of whether they stay in the state system or go with

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Oct.
6th

ELECTION: Reason why state is in ‘businesses’

Should the state get out of the workers’ compensation business and out of the liquor business? Initiative proponents are arguing the private sector should be offering these services and the state should not be involved.

This argument raises the question as to why the state got into these “businesses” in the first place.

Simply, the state is in these businesses because in years past business failed at providing these services in a reasonable manner. The state is involved in workers’ compensation because, left to their own devices, employers have abandoned injured workers. The state is involved in the liquor business

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Sep.
29th

ELECTION: Insurers benefit from I-1082

Initiative 1082 is not only a bad idea, it is also just another way for the insurance companies to line their pockets at taxpayers’ expense.

First of all, it ensures an injured worker will never get the proper treatment he or she needs. It removes all protections that currently exist for a truly injured employee. Our current system works well for those who are truly injured and weeds out those who attempt to use the system for a free ride.

We all think “I will never need it,” and most do not ever get injured at work. Yet when the

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Aug.
31st

I-1082: Measure places burden on workers

I’m voting no on Initiative 1082.

This would provide less protection for workers in the state of Washington. Currently, when a worker is injured and files a Labor & Industries claim, the claim is handled independently of whether or not the employer has worker’s comp insurance. If it doesn’t, the state deals with the employer separately, allowing the worker’s legitimate claim to go through.

Under I-1082, this independent handling would stop. Instead, when a worker is injured, files a claim and the employer has no worker’s comp insurance, it will be up to the employee to hire an attorney and

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