Nursing-home workers are urging lawmakers in Olympia not to make funding cuts to their facilities.

Funding for Washington state nursing homes has fallen short by more than $100 million, according to the state Department of Social and Health Services. Inside nursing homes, the lack of funds is apparent to workers.

Sherylon Hughes, a certified nurse’s aide at a facility in Bellingham and an executive board member of Service Employees International Union Local 775, said they need more cash, not less.

“My employers and the other operators of these homes are in dire straits right now,” Hughes asserted. “I fear that my building may close. I worry about other buildings closing, and I feel that’s what’s on the horizon if we don’t get some better funding in Washington state.”

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