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Proposed Washington budget spreads the pain

Washington legislators announce proposed state budget cuts Photo Courtesy: The Spokesman-Review Washington legislators announce proposed state budget cuts Photo Courtesy: The Spokesman-Review
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) calls budget, "painful" but "responsible". Photo Courtesy: The Spokesman-Review Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) calls budget, "painful" but "responsible". Photo Courtesy: The Spokesman-Review

Budget spreads the pain: Thousands in Washington will lose jobs, health care; school cuts: $800 million

Richard Roesler

The Spokesman-Review

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Here's some of what Washington residents can expect under a state budget that lawmakers expect to approve this weekend:

  • Nearly $800 million in cuts to schools, after figuring in expected federal educationdollars.
  • 7,000 to 8,000 layoffs of teachers, college employees and stateworkers.
  • Tuition increases of nearly 30 percent at the state's four-yearcolleges.
  • 40,000 fewer people on state-subsidized healthcoverage.

Unable to persuade fellow lawmakers to offset budget cuts with increased taxes, legislative leaders said Thursday they did the best they could to fix a $9 billion shortfall in projected revenue.

"It's a very difficult and painful budget, but it's responsible and balanced," said Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane.

The budget includes about $4 billion in cuts and savings and more than $4 billion in federal stimulus dollars and other one-time moves, such as reducing pension payments.

 

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