Five intrepid members of TBA’s Health Care for All (HCFA) Committee met with Washington state legislators and fellow TBA members Senator Adam Kline (D-37th) and Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36th) on Thursday, December 1, to express their opinions about the state’s budget priorities for the special session and beyond.
“No more cuts to education, health care and social services” was the message, and it was well received by these legislators. The group lobbied for increased revenues to address the state’s $1.4 billion budget deficit – the reason for the 30-day special session which began on November 28.
The first week of the session has been a time for action, as citizens from around the state come to Olympia to participate in peaceful demonstrations and speak directly to their elected officials, asking that the balancing of our state budget not be done on the backs of the young, poor, ill. TBA member Leah Vetter said, “I was speaking my Jewish values and I hope other voices are similarly raised to ask for increased revenues. It is the just solution.”