SEIU 775 Secretary Treasurer Adam Glickman made the following statement in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal released earlier Thursday:
“SEIU 775’s 43,000 members applaud Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget proposal. We are pleased that the governor has introduced a sustainable budget that protects essential human services and invests in education by making the wealthy and polluters pay their fair share through charging carbon polluters and a capitol gains tax that will only affect the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers.
Gov. Inslee’s budget includes funding to help continue to lift caregivers out of poverty through the home care aide contract, and to study ways to help families prepare for long-term supports and services needs. Both of these important budget items will help families around Washington, especially as the aging population in our state begins to grow significantly over the next two decades.
We are, however, concerned about reductions in services and funding to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Caregivers plan to be a nearly constant purple presence in Olympia throughout the 2015 Legislative session, encouraging lawmakers to pass a budget that supports workers and vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities.”