Sen. Ed Murray plans to reveal his supplemental budget plan for 2011-13 at 10:30 a.m. today and public education is reportedly spared any further cuts. Andrew Garber at the Times has the story here, quoting the Seattle Democrat who chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Links to details in the budgets, and comparisons, can be found here.
That outcome for education would stand in contrast to a House Democratic budget issued last week that avoided a general tax increase but did cut about $65 million from higher education and lesser amounts from K-12 programs not deemed part of basic education. Minority Republicans’ alternative plan did not spare all education programs, either.
But like the House Democrats’ plan, Murray’s proposal is not expected to borrow or issue bonds to pay for health care programs that can receive large federal subsidies if kept alive until 2014.
It is more likely he proposes the delay in some K-12 allocations for local school districts, which Republicans are turning into a major bone of contention now that a tax proposal for the ballot is falling off the table. The House Democrats’ plan pushes some $404 million for public schools into the next budget cycle that begins July 1, 2013. Read more »