Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Suspend the Massage Board?

On Friday, May 15th, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, proposed that the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, and several other state boards be suspended.

An excerpt from the transcript...

GM is going to have to live without Pontiac – even though there are probably millions of loyal Pontiac owners. Well, every state agency, board and commission has its loyal supporters too.

I get that. But the money simply isn’t there anymore. Some government functions have to go – at least for the foreseeable future. Oregon state government can no longer be all things to all people.

That’s why I am asking the Legislature to suspend a wide variety of agencies, boards and commissions.

These include: The Board of Occupational Therapy, the Board of Massage Therapists, the Consumer Advisory Council, the Commission for the Blind, the Board of Licensed Dietitians, and the Advocacy Commissions – among others.

I am also preparing for possible consolidation – among others – the Aviation Department, and all of the health-related agencies, boards and commissions.

The entire .pdf transcript from his speech can be found here...
Governor Kulongoski's speech to the Portland City Club

This topic has spurned a great deal of heated discussion amongst Oregon Licensed Massage Therapists. I'm sure members of the others state boards are having similar debates!

I'll write more on this very soon....

Until then, leave a comment and share your opinion!

Hamid LMT - Massage therapist in Portland, Oregon


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