Budget Proposal http://kplu.org en Senate proposes pay cut for school employees http://kplu.org/post/senate-proposes-pay-cut-school-employees <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-963044.mp3</p><p>Teachers and other public school employees in Washington could face a 3% pay cut. That&rsquo;s one of the key cost-saving measures contained in the State Senate&rsquo;s two-year budget proposal. It was unveiled late Tuesday.</p><p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:44:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1194 at http://kplu.org Senate proposes pay cut for school employees Non-tribal casinos renew push for video slot machines http://kplu.org/post/non-tribal-casinos-renew-push-video-slot-machines <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957903.mp3</p><p>Lawmakers expect to get more bad news tomorrow when the new state revenue forecast comes out. If the budget shortfall grows, pressure will intensify to find new sources of tax dollars to offset some of the cuts. Maybe gambling.</p><p>That&#39;s what owners of the state&#39;s non-tribal casinos are betting on. They&#39;re ready with a proposal to allow video slot machines in off-reservation mini-casinos &ndash; something they say will benefit the state&rsquo;s coffers.</p><p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 15:04:02 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1009 at http://kplu.org Non-tribal casinos renew push for video slot machines Lawmakers consider ideas to limit rising debt http://kplu.org/post/lawmakers-consider-ideas-limit-rising-debt <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954099.mp3</p><p>Washington&#39;s total debt load is twice the national median &ndash; and one of the highest in the nation. That&#39;s the warning from the State Treasurer. Now lawmakers are considering two proposals to cap how much Washington can borrow for capital construction projects.</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:51:54 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 857 at http://kplu.org Lawmakers consider ideas to limit rising debt Tri-Cities braces for less Hanford cleanup money in Obama budget http://kplu.org/post/tri-cities-braces-less-hanford-cleanup-money-obama-budget <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952166.mp3</p><p>People with a direct stake in the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will be closely following President Obama's budget roll out. Money for cleaning up hazardous waste there is expected to be down.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:53:14 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 786 at http://kplu.org Tri-Cities braces for less Hanford cleanup money in Obama budget House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health http://kplu.org/post/house-democrats-unveil-plan-save-basic-health <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946445.mp3</p><p>These are uneasy times for the 56,000 Washingtonians on the <a href="http://www.basichealth.hca.wa.gov/">Basic Health Plan</a>. The state-subsidized health insurance program is tentatively slated to end March 1st. But House Democrats presented a Hail Mary proposal to possibly save it.</p><p>Washington's current two-year budget is still $600,000,000 out of whack. Finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings between now and the end of the fiscal cycle in June is no easy task.</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:12:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 558 at http://kplu.org House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health