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Arc of King County wants revenue to save services

The Arc of King County strongly supports our governor in recommending to the people that we increase revenues to save critical services to the most vulnerable people in our state.  In Washington state, there are approximately 81,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Currently, over 14,000 people in the state who are eligible for Division of Developmental Disability services receive no paid services. A significant portion of these funds would be used to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities – from healthcare to family support, education, work training, and independent living in the community.

Gov. Gregoire is recommending the Legislature allow voters to decide whether to approve a temporary one-half cent sales tax increase. If approved, this small increase would raise $494 million and prevent further cuts to critical services. This revenue would be raised through June 30, 2013, and expire July 1, 2015.

Preserving developmental disability and long-term care services would prevent 1,300 individuals from losing all personal care services. It would restore service hours for some of the most vulnerable clients whose care hours have been reduced over the past three years. More than $13 million in home care and residential provider rates would be restored. More than $15 million would be invested in programs that keep developmentally disabled individuals, as well as the elderly, in their own homes and with their families. This is not only good for individuals and families, it also reduces the burden on the state with fewer people needlessly living in institutions or 24-hour care facilities.

The Arc of King County

 

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