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BUDGET: Legislators still have work to do

Both House and Senate budget proposals have made protecting our most vulnerable citizens a priority. Both include funding for Initiative 1163 and stop cuts to long-term care. Clearly, lawmakers recognize the will of Washington voters and the devastating effect further cuts would have on vulnerable residents receiving home care in Washington.

Lawmakers still need to work to ensure the final budget protects our seniors and people with disabilities, and that they will receive safe, quality care.


BUDGET: Protect the state’s most vulnerable

Legislators in Olympia need to make protecting vulnerable individuals a priority. They need to follow the will of the voters and implement Initiative 1163, which has been passed twice in three years.

The initiative protects seniors and people with disabilities and enables folks to stay in their homes versus having to be placed in expensive nursing homes. Washington voters have spoken loud and clear: Protect our most vulnerable and implement I-1163.


BUDGET: State lawmakers must increase revenue

I am increasingly concerned that our legislators are out of touch with the will of voters. For years they have balanced the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable with their all-cuts budget approach.

During our second special session of the year they once again cut programs to solve the deficit. When they come back in early January they will have an even bigger hole to fill. We need to increase revenue to keep critical services for the needy.

Not only are some legislators seemingly incapable of supporting increased revenue, they are trying to repeal an initiative voters have

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I-1163: Legislature must act to fund initiative

Washington voters have supported protecting our seniors and people with disabilities twice in three years. Just last month, more than a million Washingtonians voted yes on Initiative 1163, clearly stating their support.

Despite these efforts, the Legislature has neglected to implement these sound policies regarding home health care workers. We must protect the most vulnerable, and this initiative does just that. The Legislature needs to balance the budget, raise revenue and fund I-1163.


I-1163: Measure only helps union, not families

Re: “Parents should be exempt” (letter, 10-28).

I thank the writer for stating the problem with SEIU and Initiative 1163. I also have a young adult child who experiences autism, and I also had to spend a perfectly fine Saturday attending “training,” at which I learned very little.

Additionally, we have family and close friends who are willing to provide care and for which they, quite reasonably, wish to be compensated, but the current training requirements discourage their enrollment. The difficulty will be compounded if I-1163 passes.

I-1163 does not address the shortage of compassionate care providers. These care

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I-1163: Parents should be exempt

My 19 year old with autism requires constant supervision and a high level of personal care. My husband and I have successfully cared for him his entire life. The SEIU, however, thinks they should be paid to “train” me.

I completed the 12 required hours, and learned nothing. The SEIU takes three percent of my pay and has forced me to make a “voluntary” deduction to pay for the I-1163 campaign. When I asked them to stop deducting it, I was told I had no choice.

Under I-1163, the SEIU will require even more hours of training for parents, which

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I-1163: Vulnerable seniors need to be protected

Re: “I-1163: Can’t afford it, don’t need it, hurts the state” (Our View, 10-9).

Every time I hear stories of seniors taken advantage of or abused, it makes me cringe. Our grandparents, who have worked their entire lives, deserve to be cared for by people with training and without dangerous backgrounds. That’s why I think that I-1163 should be a priority for this state.

We should be protecting our seniors by doing federal background checks called for in I-1163, not just the state-level checks we do now. This federal background check will prevent felons from other states from coming

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I-1163: Measure can prevent maltreatment

Re “Can’t afford it, don’t need it, hurts the state” (editorial, 10-9)

This editorial states that Initiative 1163 would hurt our state’s economy even more. What about the patients that are going to be hurt or even killed by not having the proper care from professional caregivers?

It is imperative that we have proper background checks on the people caring for our disabled and elderly. This initiative makes it mandatory for all long-term care workers to be properly trained for emergencies as well as how to properly care for the disabled and elderly.

It is estimated that 2.1 million

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