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House: Close prisons, one Rainier School building

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm with 3 Comments »
February 23, 2010 2:25 pm

House budget writers want to use $857 million in tax increases to preserve or increase funding for college tuition grants for low-income students, Apple Health for Kids medical assistance, levy equalization for school districts, and a redesigned and renamed General Assistance Unemployable aid program (to be called Disability Lifeline).

Other cuts would not be avoided.

House leaders want to save $12 million by closing Ahtanum View and Pine Lodge prisons, shutting down a unit at Larch prison, and downsizing McNeil Island prison near Steilacoom  to convert it to minimum security.

The Senate also proposes downsizing McNeil, but wants to shut down only one prison, Larch.

Both would preserve Rainier School for people with developmental disabilities. The House wants to shut down one residential building at Rainier.

The House budget also calls for “efficiency measures” at the five residential centers including Rainier and Frances Haddon Morgan Center in Bremerton. The Senate prefers to close Frances Haddon Morgan, which houses people with autism.

There’s at least one other major difference between the House and Senate on state institutions: The Senate would close Maple Lane School juvenile rehabilitation center in Centralia, while the House would keep it open.

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  1. schicatano2 says:

    I dont know what the cost is between trying criminals over and over and to have the police arresting the same individuals over and over. But it seems to me that if you buil more self dependant prisons, and when the judge says 20 years, it will be 20 years. its got to be less than sending them through the legal system time after time, I know lawyers are paid pretty good for these career criminals.And here is another radical savings of money. close the alternative schools down period! if the kids cant make it in the high schools we all ready have in place, why should we acomidate these kids, we rather cut from the kids who are trying and the kids who havent even been to school yet. If you get kicked out of high school there are other options. private school,voc tech, and the military. why should we pay for there special schools for these thugs. lets keep the special schools open for the kids who actually need them…

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Why “grants” for the low-income students? – if they are obtaining an education that will result in their earning a good living they should be treated no differently than any other deserving student – give them a low interest loan vs a “grant”!!!

  3. prettynpink456 says:

    the3rdpigshouse- Grants are just one form of financial aid that students recieve in their aid package for each school year. As part of their financial aid package most low-income students have already exhausted the full amount of low-interest loans AND higher interest loans that they are allowed by law for the year, in addition to the grants that this article talks about. The grants that the house and senate are trying to preserve in NO way fund a student’s entire college education, in fact in most cases only a small portion of it, but that small portion can make the difference between being able to attend college or not.

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