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Posts tagged: 2011-13 biennium

No need to sing Auld Lang Syne

Happy new fiscal year, Washingtonians.

Forget about making resolutions, but remember to get a new tab for your boat, or a Discover Pass if you plan to be spending time in state parks. If you’re a state employee, your paycheck gets smaller starting today.

Some restaurant owners get a break, shoppers who come down from Canada don’t. The state’s two-year budgeting cycle starts today, although many program cuts the Legislature approved to make that budget balance will be phased in…
  

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Gregoire budget slashes social programs, schools

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Office of Financial Management Director Marty Brown announce the proposed 2011-13 state budget.

OLYMPIA—Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires cuts and restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing deep cuts in some of the state programs that enhance schools and serve the poor.

Her proposed 2011-13 budget, the starting point for discussions that will dominate next year’s legislative session, calls for what she calls “devastating” reductions.

“The safety net will be stretched thin in some places and eliminated entirely in other places,” she said in her budget message. “This is a budget that touches every community throughout the state.”

Download on overview of the proposed budget.

Go inside the blog to see some of the biggest cuts.

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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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