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Partial list of programs Gregoire would add back into the budget, taxes she’d raise or reinstate

Here’s a list of the major programs Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to “buy back” by raising taxes and/or getting federal recovery money:
K-12 Levy equalization, which sends state money to school districts with lower than average property tax bases. $165 million.
Basic Health Plan, which provides health insurance for 60,000 residents, $160 million.
Higher Education Need Grants, to 12,300 low and middle income students, $146 million
General Assistance Unemployable, revised to give a maximum of six months coverage at $250 per month, $84 million.
All-day kindergarten, gifted program and reading corps, $42 million
Working Connections Child Care, to those receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, $39.5 million
Maternity Support Services, to 50,000 women at risk of “poor birth outcomes”, $28 million
Optional Medicaid, dental, vision and podiatry services not covered by federal program, $21 million
Developmental Disabilities/Long-Term Care Housekeeping and Laundry, for 42,000 elderly residents, $18 million
Developmental Disabilities/Long-Term Care Homecare Provider Services, wages and benefits to individual providers, $14 million
Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, for 1,500 three-year-olds, $10.5 million
For list of tax changes, go inside the blog.


Here’s a list of changes to tax laws Gregoire is proposing, and the estimated revenue they would generate this biennium:
Limiting tax preferences given to companies through court decisions covering mortgage interest deductions, direct sellers, and meat processing, $16 million
Repealing tax preferences that eliminate the sales tax and B&O tax exemptions for bullion, changes to taxes on boards of directors’ fees, and sales and use exemptions for livestock nutrient management, $4 million
Changes to the state B&O tax, $73 million
Changes to tax avoidance rules on the Real Estate Excise Tax, $11 million


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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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