Stories tagged: Washington state budget
Fri., June 25, 2010, midnight
Gregoire: Toss budget plan
OLYMPIA – Washington state faces a shortfall of $3 billion in the next biennium and has to come up with a new way of writing budgets, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …
Sun., June 6, 2010, midnight
Editorial: Convening lawmakers again should be last option
Before Gov. Chris Gregoire calls the Washington Legislature back to Olympia for another special session, she should reflect on what happened in the first one. Unable to fix the state’s …
Tue., May 4, 2010, 12:48 p.m.
Gregoire signs new state budget into law
Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.
Wed., March 24, 2010, 6:10 p.m.
Gregoire warns of 20 percent cuts if budget stalls
Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Wednesday that she could be forced to make across-the-board cuts of 20 percent if the Legislature doesn’t come up with a budget-balancing agreement. Gregoire expressed frustration …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010, midnight
Gregoire looks for balance in new budget
Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …
Sun., Jan. 10, 2010, midnight
No Washington agency safe from budget knife
OLYMPIA – For the casual observer, it may help to regard the Legislature as theater. Some days it’s a comedy, some days it’s a tragedy, but there’s always a big …
Mon., Jan. 4, 2010, midnight
Eyeglasses program has blurry prognosis
Looming Washington state budget cuts could erase a program that puts eyeglasses on 69,000 poor people. It’s among the stark choices legislators face this month when they convene in Olympia …
Thu., Dec. 31, 2009, midnight
Editorial: Audits give budgeters useful facts to work with
Contrary to what you’ll hear out of Olympia, fixing Washington state’s budget problems will be easy. There are thousands of easy ways to do it and no shortage of Washingtonians …
Thu., Dec. 10, 2009, midnight
Gregoire offers initial budget
OLYMPIA – Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare …
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009, midnight
Gregoire to explore tax hikes in budget
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire will definitely propose a tax package to avoid the deepest cuts in state spending needed to fill a $2.6 billion state budget deficit. The only …
Fri., Nov. 27, 2009, 9:14 a.m.
Gregoire considers 4-minute Keno games
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is “seriously considering” legislation that would allow four-minute Keno games as a way to help deal with a projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall.
Wed., Nov. 25, 2009, midnight
Editorial: Washington should hurry and carve up state budget
The state of Washington is about to become leaner and meaner. The goal is to avoid being just plain mean. It won’t be easy, because the revenue picture is darkening …
Fri., Oct. 23, 2009, midnight
Agencies told to outline duties
Washington state agencies have been ordered to compile a list of their tasks – and whether they’re required by federal law or the state constitution – in preparation for budget …
Fri., Oct. 16, 2009, midnight
Care facilities face cuts
Lakeland Village, the residential facility for the developmentally disabled at Medical Lake, would be phased out in eight years for all but the most acute-care patients under a cost-cutting plan …
Fri., Oct. 2, 2009, midnight
Slow recovery forecast for state
OLYMPIA – The good news for the state is that the recession is pretty much over. The bad news: It won’t seem like the recession is over until the middle …
Thu., Oct. 1, 2009, midnight
Ruling hits state budget
OLYMPIA – More bad news for the state budget: A lawsuit the state lost recently over a portion of the business and occupation tax could cut another $237 million out …
Mon., Aug. 31, 2009, 12:42 p.m.
Some released Wash. prisoners getting free rent
OLYMPIA — Some felons who have earned early release from prison are getting a few months of subsidized rent from Washington taxpayers, a new cost-cutting move expected to save the …
Thu., July 2, 2009, midnight
Fiscal year starts with fresh cuts
OLYMPIA – Happy New Year. New fiscal year, that is. Wednesday marked the first day of Washington’s fiscal year, triggering a broad slate of budget cuts that state lawmakers approved …
Fri., June 19, 2009, midnight
Gregoire orders deeper cutting
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million. “You …
Thu., June 18, 2009, 12:47 p.m.
Wash. revenues down nearly $500 million; governor orders cuts
Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by another 2 percent, after a state forecaster on Thursday whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million.
Thu., June 18, 2009, midnight
Economic forecast partly sunny
OLYMPIA – This morning at the Capitol, state economist Arun Raha will offer up his latest economic weather forecast, predicting how the state will fare over the next two years. …
Fri., June 5, 2009, 8:30 a.m.
State workers shun furloughs
OLYMPIA — Employees of states from Hawaii to Wisconsin have been asked to take time off without pay. Yet while Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says state workers are interested in …
Fri., May 22, 2009, midnight
Our View: Early-learning veto hurts neediest kids the most
It’s one thing to eliminate a proposed item because the budget needs cutting, but that’s not the reason Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire gave for her surprising veto of the early …
Sun., April 26, 2009, midnight
Smart Bombs: Myths burden budget
So Washington state will now begin the process of implementing an all-cuts budget. No sales tax hike. No income tax on the wealthy. Polling showed that both ideas were non-starters. …
Thu., April 23, 2009, midnight
Dems’ budget slashes education, social services, health care
OLYMPIA – After days of last-minute, late-night negotiations, Democratic budget writers in Olympia agreed Wednesday on a state budget with about $4 billion in cuts to schools, higher education, social …
Tue., April 14, 2009, midnight
Our View: Licensing office closures easier for urban residents
Before Washington state bureaucrats decide which driver’s licensing offices to close, we recommend they grab an atlas – preferably a used one to save money – and measure the distance …
Wed., April 1, 2009, midnight
Lawsuit prompts delay in Medicaid rate cuts
A federal judge has temporarily blocked Washington state’s plan to reduce how much it pays for brand-name drugs prescribed to Medicaid patients. The state hopes to achieve $109 million in …
Tue., March 31, 2009, 4:22 p.m.
House budget proposal digs deeper into higher education
OLYMPIA – A day after the Senate, House lawmakers proposed a budget plan that slices much deeper into higher education but spares K-12 education from some major cuts.
Mon., March 30, 2009, 6:05 p.m.
Proposed Washington budget includes large cuts
OLYMPIA – After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations and speculation, the state Senate on Monday proposed a two-year plan to bridge Washington’s $9 billion budget shortfall.
Thu., March 26, 2009, midnight
Bracing for budget unveiling
OLYMPIA – Brace yourself for some turbulence. Soon – perhaps as early as Monday – the state Senate will unveil its budget plan for the next two years. The House …