Two losers today.
First up: Poor women in Washington State, 12,500 of whom will no longer have access to birth control and screenings for breast cancer under the budget proposal unveiled by state senate Republicans (and three Democrats) today.
The budget proposal, which GOP budget chief Joseph Zarelli (R-18, Ridgefield) rolled out this morning, cuts funding for the state health department's family planning program, which pays to keep women's health centers open and funds birth control, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and testing for sexually transmitted diseases for low-income women. In the past three years, eight family planning clinics in Washington State have shut down; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest spokeswoman Sara Keisler says the cuts could lead more clinics to shut their doors.
"We're disappointed that three senate Democrats who we expected to be fiscally and socially responsible and not cut funding for family planning" voted for the Republican budget, Keisler says.
Today's second loser: On a lighter note, our second loser today is the guy (or gal) who racked up 108 toll transaction fees for crossing the 520 or Tacoma Narrows Bridge (essentially, small fines for failing to install a Good to Go pass on their car, which triggers a process in which the state Department of Transportation photographs a driver's license plate and sends them a bill) in a month.
The total extra fee, WSDOT says, was $162---that's in addition to tolls of up to $3.50 each way.We have a call out to the agency seeking to get in touch with the errant driver.