Social Worker Safety

Governor Fletcher pitched his spending initiatives to a state senate committee today, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007.

The governor also signaled a willingness to negotiate how much money to immediately put toward making the jobs of social workers safer.

Fletcher said one way to protect social workers that deserves quick action is to provide neutral locations for supervised visits between birth parents and their abused or neglected children.

The governor told the Senate appropriations and revenue committee it would amount to only a minimal increase in cost.

The original bill called for about $20 million over 16 months, to add more than 300 social services staffers to state payroll, including 225 social workers.

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