County Health Dept. Lays Off 123 Employees

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1
"Help decrease the surplus population" should've been the anti income taxers slogan. Disgusting.
2
Uhhh ... it would be terrible if 123 people who help poor, pregnant women (and poor mothers) were laid off. But, something doesn't seem right here. I feel like the county is using this as a political bargaining chip. Press releases are only issued when something needs to be gained/bragged about ...
3
Slim Charles @2, the layoff notices we received today are quite real, and unless I can land a job offer somewhere in the next six weeks, I expect to be unemployed again come March 1st.
4
@2: "Press releases are only issued when something needs to be gained/bragged about ..."

Sure thing. Over a hundred layoffs and a fifty percent budget cut couldn't possibly be newsworthy all on their own.
5
Slim Charles, my partner was at the health clinic today when everyone got the layoff notices. It's quite real. So was the notice he got that a very expensive life-saving drug that he receives through Washington State Community Health Plan will no longer be covered and he has to re-apply under a different program that has a waiting list of thousands.Does that sound like a political bargaining chip? To my partner is quite literally life and death. Keep that in mind the next time you feel the urge to say something else that's equally ignorant.
6
Dire as these cuts are, it should be noted that earlier drafts of the state budget called for eliminating Maternity Support Services outright.
7
It was just a thought. I've seen mayors use layoff notices to leverage concessions from unions. I wasn't saying that the layoff notices are not "real."