This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
Gov. Chris Gregoire had to perform an agonizing arithmetic to come up with a budget for the next biennium.
After the recession and the voters knocked a $4.6 billion breach between revenues and existing services, there was no way to balance the budget without hurting hundreds of thousands of people.
Cut health insurance for the poor, and people will die. Cut crucial education programs, and some children will forfeit their futures. Cut prison funding too far, and predators will go free. Cut food programs, and kids will go to bed hungry.