Med-QUEST workers urged Rep. Shimabukuro to support a temporary increase in the GET tax to stop devastating cuts to crucial social services. For example, one proposal seeks to replace DHS workers for the needy and disabled with websites and call centers on the mainland. Pictured L-R: Linda Ibarra, Rep. Shimabukuro, Taryn Miyasato, Jessica Kim, Huison Charles, and HGEA representative Carolee Kubo. Photo by Cougar Lind. [Click on the image to enlarge]
Please support SB 2650 (see sections 2 & 3) and HCR 219/HR 148, both of which aim to stop the planned "EPOD" reorganization and closure/mass layoff plans of DHS.
Many people are sending legislators emails, faxes, and letters urging them to temporarily increase the GET tax to end furlough fridays, stop threatened cuts to social services, and otherwise preserve the critical "safety net." HB 2877 & SB 1346 are two of the vehicles sought to achieve this goal.
UPDATE - Leeward Community College-Wai`anae's Community Health Worker class contacted Rep. Shimabukuro regarding the "EPOD" situaton, and she sent this response on 4/14/10: