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Rep. Williams makes $160 ‘furlough’ gesture

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on July 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
July 13, 2010 12:36 pm

State Rep. Brendan Williams continued his protest against furloughs today, sending the state treasurer $160 in cash and
this pointed letter of explanation.

Williams said his $160 donation represents more than three times the lowest state rate paid for around-the-clock care for Medicaid clients who live in licensed boarding homes. The money might go into the state general fund, but the Treasurer’s Office is reviewing the rules, spokesman Chris McGann said.

Today marked the first of 10 furlough days that many state workers are taking in about 50 agencies, baords and commissions, saving about $38 million in the state’s general fund and $35 million more in other accounts. Williams, an Olympia Democrat known for his liberal stands on behalf of workers, said his donation represented “one day of legislative salary.”

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