February 24, 2010 in City

Balancing the budgets: Governor, House and Senate proposals

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Washington’s Legislature must reconcile differing proposals regarding cuts and taxes. Note: Amounts may not add exactly because of smaller additions and subtractions.

Gregoire total cuts: $967 millionHouse total cuts: $653 millionSenate total cuts: $838 million
K-12 ed.Cuts total $199 million, which includes higher staffing levels for K-4 ($111 million); student achievement ($78.5 million); learning improvement day ($15 million); grant programs ($14.3 million).Cuts total $113 million, which include higher staffing levels for K-4 ($11 million); student achievement programs ($78.5 million); K-6 alternative learning experience ($23 million); learning improvement day ($15.6 million); grant programs ($12.7 million).Cuts total $225 million, which include higher staffing levels for K-4 ($103 million); student achievement programs in public schools ($78.5 million); learning improvement day ($15.3 million); increases in classified staff ratio ($15.3 million).
Higher ed.Cuts total $116 million, which includes college and university budgets ($89.5 million); work-study programs ($23.5 million); need grants ($6 million); small grant and loan programs ($7 million). The budget adds $11.6 million in worker-retraining funds. Cuts total $56.3 million, which include college and university budgets ($40.7 million); work-study programs ($7.7 million); state need grants ($6.1 million); and small grant and loan programs ($2.5 million). Cuts total $62 million, which include college and university budgets ($69.4 million); small grant and loan programs ($11.9 million); work-study programs ($7.4 million). The budget adds $28 million in worker-retraining funds.
Long-term care, developmental disabilities and mental healthCuts total $64.7 million, which includes Adult Day Health ($12.8 million); mental health programs ($9.7 million); developmental disabilities programs ($7 million). Cuts total $13.2 million, which include mental health reductions ($8 million); nursing home rate cuts ($6.6 million); increased fees for residential licenses ($5.2 million).Cuts total $87.1 million, which include lower rates to nursing homes ($22.3 million); Adult Day Health ($12.5 million); other mental health reductions ($11.8 million).
Corrections and criminal justiceCuts total $56.7 million, which include closing prisons and other facilities (including closing Pine Lodge Center for Women) ($20.7 million); cut staffing levels ($4.8 million); reduce work release capacity ($4 million); eliminate state patrol positions ($3.7 million).Cuts total $39 million, which include closed prison facilities (would close Pine Lodge Center for Women) ($11.6 million); staffing reductions ($4.8 million); work release capacity reductions ($4.2 million); state patrol positions ($3.7 million).Cuts total $68.9 million, which include closing prisons and other facilities (Pine Lodge Corrections Center would stay open) ($26 million); reduce work-release capacity ($4.2 million); reduce staffing ($3.8 million); state patrol positions ($636,000).
Tax increases$605 million in new or increased taxes: Raise the hazardous substance tax from 0.7 percent to 2 percent, and use about two-thirds of that for general fund next year. Could add about 3 cents to the cost of a gallon of gas, raises $148 million for general fund; Place 1 cent per ounce excise tax on bottled water: $134 million; Excise tax on carbonated beverages equal to 5 cents per 12 ounces: $94 million; Raise cigarette tax by $1 per pack: $89 million; Extend sales tax to candy and gum: $28 millionCalls for $857 million in unspecified tax increases to be announced today. $918 million in new or changed taxes: Raise general sales tax for three years by three-tenths of a cent per $1 spent - $313 million; eliminate tax preferences or “loopholes” for various businesses and the trade-in credit on vehicles - $518 million; raise cigarette tax by $1 per pack - $85.7 million

$918 million in new or changed taxes Raise general sales tax for three years by three-tenths of a cent per $1 spent: $313 million Eliminate tax preferences or “loopholes” for various businesses and the trade-in credit on vehicles: $518 million Raise cigarette tax by $1 per pack: $85.7 million

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