I-1029: A Good or Bad Initiative?
Last week voters approved initiative 1029, which increases necessary training for home and community based long-term care workers and requires them to successfully pass a certification exam. While some people believe this improves the quality of care given by long-term care workers, others such as The Seattle Times don’t agree.
Voters’ good, compassionate intentions were abused by the sponsors of Initiative 1029, which purported to ensure higher-quality long-term-care workers for the elderly and people with disabilities.
This measure, which passed handily, is nothing more than an artfully worded ballot measure that belies the bad public policy it is and the serious blow it will give to our state’s troubled budget — about $30 million over the next three years.
What do you think, is I-1029 a good or bad initiative?