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Sitka Pioneer Home resident Nancy Ricketts meets for coffee with friends in a local cafe. At 94, Ricketts says she carefully budgeted in order to live in the Pioneer Home — including selling her house. She testified that increased financial stress on residents will jeopardize their health, and ultimately cost the state more. “The state will have to pay to keep us here, or throw us out on the street,” she said. “A loss of independence is the most horrible thing I can think of.”

Sitka Pioneer Home resident Nancy Ricketts meets for coffee with friends in a local cafe. At 94, Ricketts says she carefully budgeted in order to live in the Pioneer Home — including selling her house. She testified that increased financial stress on residents will jeopardize their health, and ultimately cost the state more. “The state will have to pay to keep us here, or throw us out on the street,” she said. “A loss of independence is the most horrible thing I can think of.”

Sitka Pioneer Home resident Nancy Ricketts meets for coffee with friends in a local cafe. At 94, Ricketts says she carefully budgeted in order to live in the Pioneer Home — including selling her house. She testified that increased financial stress on residents will jeopardize their health, and ultimately cost the state more. “The state will have to pay to keep us here, or throw us out on the street,” she said. “A loss of independence is the most horrible thing I can think of.”

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