Caregiver initiative will ultimately cost people it seeks to help

Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of Initiative 1029, a measure designed to dramatically increase training requirements for all home and community-based caregivers. Before signing on to this ill-conceived initiative, we all need to ask the tough question: Is this good public policy or simply an effort to thwart the legislative process?

Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of Initiative 1029, a measure designed to dramatically increase training requirements for all home and community-based caregivers. Before signing on to this ill-conceived initiative, we all need to ask the tough question: Is this good public policy or simply an effort to thwart the legislative process?

With an initial cost to taxpayers of over $74 million annually, this is an extremely costly proposition. Even more concerning is the fact that I-1029 will drive up costs for people who pay for their own care. Finally, there is no conclusive evidence that the additional training is necessary.

Please note that the state’s Long Term Care Training Task Force and the Legislature did not support a 75-hour training requirement. There were concerned about additional taxpayer expense. However, they were prepared to pass a bill that would have increased basic training requirements from 28 to 35 hours with opportunities for additional training and a voluntary career ladder that included certification.

Despite strong legislative support for this measure, the bill died because SEIU opposition prevented the bill from being voted on for final passage.

Rather than sign onto an expensive, ill-conceived initiative, I’d encourage you to say no. It’s the wrong public policy for all the wrong reasons.

– Donald Trump, administrator,

Auburn Meadows Senior Community

More in Letters to the Editor

Really above the law?

Really above the law? Bob Roegner’s article (“Are sheriffs above the law?”… Continue reading

A thank you to Reichert, Schrier for supporting causes

Great to see former Congressman Reichert honored for his hard and often… Continue reading

Let’s stay on standard time

Daylight saving time should not be year-round in Washington state as proposed… Continue reading

Auburn’s caring neighbors

I was born and raised in Darrington. Good neighbors were – and… Continue reading

City Council, mayor at fault for budgetary problems

How in the world in this booming economy can the budget for… Continue reading

Trump the president

Your recent letter writer who declared Donald Trump “the most competent president… Continue reading

Let’s clarify the federal budget process

Regarding Mr. Valentine’s letter (“Shame on us for bringing aboard Trump,” Feb.… Continue reading

Consider crime-free zones

The state Legislature is considering expansion of gun-free zones and many other… Continue reading

Wanted: a better president

Kudos to Harold Valentine for his well written letter in the Feb.… Continue reading

Shame on us for bringing aboard Trump

I am 90 years old. I have voted in every presidential election… Continue reading

Proposed bills threaten business for hairdressers, salon owners

Intermediary employees. Contributing agents. Worker wage boards. This is the gobbledygook that… Continue reading

‘National wealth tax’ doesn’t add up to a solution

In response to last week’s letter calling for a “national wealth tax:”… Continue reading