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Eye On Olympia

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

Detailing the cuts...

Gov. Chris Gregoire's two-year budget plan, released Thursday, suggests closing a $5.7 billion budget shortfall with deep cuts. Here's a look at some of the biggest cuts, local cuts, and some new local spending: Education: -do away with cost-of-living raises for teachers and other school…

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-2,400 fewer jobs -and a 13 percent across-the-board cut to the state's four-year colleges and 6 percent for community and technical colleges.

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Budget cuts, by area...

Cuts, by area: K-12: 5.6 percent Public safety: 6.3 percent Early learning: 6.4 percent Higher education: 7.6 percent Health care and human services: 12.2 percent Natural resources: 12.2 percent

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

Snow, a rarity in Olympia, has brought things to a near-standstill in the capital. (Rich Roesler / The Spokesman-Review)

Snow paralyzes capitol...

I know this is hard to believe in places with things like snow plows and sanders, but 2 1/2 inches of snow overnight has left the capital city at a near-standstill, with a small number of cars and trucks creeping over snow that's been compacted…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.