While state lawmakers were involved in committee hearings Tuesday at the Capitol, SEIU Healthcare had a rally in hopes lawmakers will pass an appropriations bill. Gail Hamilton, a home care worker, says she wants legislators to keep their promise.
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“They passed a resolution that if there was any extra monies that showed up they would put it towards any unpaid bills, and there is $173 million and many of our programs that we’re all here working for that are unpaid,” Hamilton said.
Participants like Sharon Gibson, a home caregiver, would be affected not only in her profession by the cut, but also in her personal life. “My brother that I take care of, he’s disabled. He’s brain injured. And it would be devastating to my family, to me and definitely to him if they cut the budget, because I wouldn’t be able to take care of him, “Gibson said.