Rep. Deb Wallace, D-Vancouver, says in an e-mail to her fellow House Democrats that she’s having second thoughts about the cuts that were made during the just-adjourned legislative session.
Perhaps, she says, lawmakers should consider shorter work weeks (for state workers, I assume) and other reductions to buy back some of the health care cuts.
And she’s suggesting it go on the special session agenda.
“We are going to be coming back in town soon to take care of unfinished business and I would like to suggest that we find a way to address this health emergency in the budget.”
From: Wallace, Rep. Deb
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2009 4:20 AM
To: @HDC Members
Cc: McCrady, Melinda
Subject: 3 a.m. thought
Many of you are probably having the same 3 a.m. thought that awoke me in the middle of the night. When we adjourned on Sunday the Swine Flu wasn’t on anyone’s agenda as it hadn’t erupted. Barely four days later and we are at a level 5 pandemic and we have just passed a budget to cut 40,000 people off of health care.