May 4, 2010

Governor signs budgets today; Maple Lane members push for veto, Pine Lodge members strategize

The governor signs the major supplemental budgets today (May 4) at noon and Maple Lane School members will hold their breath wondering if she vetoes out the closure of their juvenile rehabilitation facility in south Thurston County.

About 100 Local 1926 members and supporters picketed the Capitol April 30 and then descended on the governor’s office to plead their case. They asked the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jill Satran to urge the governor to stop the phased three-year closure of Maple Lane. The closure was inserted in the budget in the final hours of the legislative session and contradicted the conclusions of the Legislature’s own consultant who said closing Maple Lane “would be a bad idea.”

Meanwhile, Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women members meet Tuesday afternoon with area legislators to map strategy to deal with their targeted facility in Medical Lake.

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