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House budget proposal cuts $4.4B in state spending

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm with 3 Comments »
April 4, 2011 1:36 pm

Rep. Jeannie Darneille answers questions from reporters following the budget announcement Monday. (Peter Callaghan photo)
State Rep. Ross Hunter and fellow Democrats laid out their draft operating budget today, slashing education and health care funding to bridge a $5.3 billion shortfall over 27 months without new taxes.

Find links to the document here.

We’ll have more details later. The capital-projects budget also is due at 1 p.m. at the same legislative web site.

As outlined in a briefing sheet from House Democrats, the budget includes $4.4 billion in cuts or spending reductions. It preserves funding for the Apple Health children’s insurance program and for levy aid to tax-poor public school districts, and it makes cuts but does not eliminate the state’s Basic Health Plan for the working poor.

But it assumes a $482 million cut in funding for higher education (before tuition increases are added) and $362 million in savings by passage of a bill to end automatic cost-of-living pension increases for Plan 1 participants. It also assumes $177 million in general fund savings from pay cuts the governor sought from state employees.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    So this is a break even budget? Revenues have increased by 4 billion $ and they cut 4 billion $. So it’s even steven.

    Please clarify this point to your readers.

  2. hortonpeak says:

    Truthbuster, please clarify your comment to clarify “this point”.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Let me helpyou hp

    The Washington state proposed budget goes from $30.4 billion last biennium to $32.4 billion and they are calling this a $4.4 billion cut.

    You don’t hear a word about the INCREASED revenue and spending that is in the budget today. The media will pass out crying towels to the union and entitled whiners but they want tell the truth about the bottom line.

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