Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Press Release Headline of the Day

Stop Immoral Gravy Train for Lawyers that is diverting Money from the Most Vulnerable.

I've been joking that I'm starting a band to be named "The Immoral Gravy Train." It's also been recommended as a name for one of those straight-to-DVD movies.

But actually, the news release was about a bill sponsored by Sen. Rod Adair, R-Roswell, SB173, which would cut off funding to lawyers in a 23-year old federal lawsuit filed against the state Health Department and give the money, an estimated $5 million, directly to the developmentally disabled waiver program, which aides families of those with developmentally disabled children.

A spokeswoman for the Health Department told me this morning that the department would love to do that, but the state is obligated to pay those legal fees until all the terms of the settlement of the Jackson vs. Fort Stanton lawsuit are completed.

An interesting issue. Stay tuned.