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The Daily Show points out that it's not just conservatives who fight science. Liberals can be virulently anti-science, too, just not on the same topics.
Authorities and doctors are warning parents who want to avoid chicken pox vaccines for their children that a new mail-order scheme to share lollipops licked by children infected with the disease as a way to create immunity in their kids is not only unsafe but illegal. “Can you imagine getting a package in the mail from this complete stranger that you know from Facebook because you joined a group, and say here, drink this purported spit from some other kid?” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin told The Associated Press/Leezel Tinglao, ABC News. More here. (Wikipedia photo)
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Gov. Chris Gregoire’s two-year budget plan, released Thursday, suggests closing a $5.7 billion budget shortfall with deep cuts.
Here’s a look at some of the biggest cuts, local cuts, and some new local spending:
-do away with cost-of-living raises for teachers and other school staffers for the next two years: $349 million.
-eliminate a variety of school pilot programs, including the reading corps, civics curriculum, and math helping corps: $23 million.
-”suspend” about a quarter of the money for class-size reduction: $178 million.
-across-the-board cuts of up to 13 percent at four-year colleges and 6 percent at community and technical colleges. The colleges can decide what to cut, although effects may include cutting faculty, cutting support staff and offering fewer classes. Savings: $342 million.
-doing away with faculty and staff cost-of-living raises at community and technical colleges: $33.4 million.
-do away with the Adult Day Health program, which serves about 1,900 elderly and developmentally disabled people: $20 million.
-reduce nursing home reimbursement rates by 5 percent: $46 million.
-shrink mental health funding for Regional Support Networks: $31 million.
-toughen accountability for welfare recipients and push them into jobs quicker: $30 million.
-stop buying vaccines for children not covered by Medicaid: $50 million.
-cut the state’s Basic Health Plan for the working poor by 42 percent and shrink the things it will cover.
-halt plans to let parents buy state-subsidized health coverage if they’re between 250 percent and 300 percent of poverty level. For a family of 4, that’s $53,000 to $63,600 per year. Savings: $6 million.
-eliminate General Assistance for the Unemployable, which provides health care and issues checks of up to $339 a month to thousands of people. Savings: $251 million.
-cut hospital reimbursement rates by 4 percent: $47 million.
-close 7 fish hatcheries: $7 million.
-close 13 state parks, plus other parks during off-peak seasons: $5 million.
-shortening probation and eliminating probation supervision for misdemeanors and low-risk felonies: $69 million.
-shrinking drug and alcohol treatment: $11 million.