budget cuts http://kplu.org en Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs http://kplu.org/post/sequester-result-4800-hanford-layoffs-furloughs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030513AK_Hanfordsequester_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.<p>The Hanford cuts could begin as early as April 1, but it’s no April Fool’s joke. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:17:04 +0000 7906 at http://kplu.org Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen http://kplu.org/post/ad-hoc-peoples-library-picks-slack-until-libraries-reopen <p>Seattle public libraries are <a href="http://www.spl.org/CLOSED_PAGES/documents/library_closure_news.pdf">closed this week, </a>in an effort to cope with budget cuts. That inspired some locals to take matters into their own hands, establishing a temporary, outdoor “<a href="http://duetobudgetcuts.wordpress.com/">People’s Library</a>.”</p><p>This is the fourth year Seattle libraries have taken a furlough week to save money, stranding would-be readers, internet users and stir-crazy parents. Among the exasperated were University of Washington graduate student Yates Coley and her friends.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:10:06 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6095 at http://kplu.org Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen Pentagon proposes cutting 100,000 ground troops http://kplu.org/post/pentagon-proposes-cutting-100000-ground-troops Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the the Pentagon will propose a $33 billion cut in the military's budget, for the 2013 fiscal year.<p>The AP reports that will be achieved by reducing ground forces by 100,000 and by eliminating older aircraft.<p>The AP reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells a Pentagon news conference the administration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus another $88 billion for operations in Afghanistan. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:23:47 +0000 3937 at http://kplu.org Teachers across state to protest budget cuts as special session begins http://kplu.org/post/teachers-across-state-protest-budget-cuts-special-session-begins <p>Teachers across the state plan to protest cuts to public schools on the first day of the legislature&rsquo;s special session to shore up the budget.</p><p>Hundreds of educators will rally in Olympia on Monday, Nov. 28. Even more teachers will deliver their concerns virtually.</p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:10:05 +0000 Charla Bear 3270 at http://kplu.org College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia http://kplu.org/post/college-students-rally-against-budget-cuts-olympia <p><em>&quot;...There are ideas out there other than cutting.&rdquo;</em></p><p>College students will descend on Olympia today as the legislature kicks off a special session to tackle the state&rsquo;s budget shortfall. Nearly a dozen schools have banded together to send busloads of students to the capitol.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:08:58 +0000 Charla Bear 3267 at http://kplu.org College students to rally against budget cuts in Olympia Gregoire Previews Budget Cuts, Wants To Reopen Union Contracts http://kplu.org/post/gregoire-previews-budget-cuts-wants-reopen-union-contracts OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's largest state employee union says 'no' to higher health care premiums. Governor Chris Gregoire Wednesday asked the unions to reopen their labor contracts. The move comes on the eve of the governor's big budget cutting announcement scheduled for Thursday.<p>Washington has a $1.4 billion budget problem. Now the governor says she needs to negotiate another increase in what state employees pay for their health care.<p>State workers previously agreed to increase their share of insurance premiums from 12 percent to 15 percent. Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:41:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3011 at http://kplu.org Washington state agencies propose more 'painful' program cuts http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-agencies-propose-more-painful-program-cuts <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington state agencies are putting entire programs on the chopping block &ndash; including $65 million from UW and WSU &ndash; to satisfy a request by the governor for more budget savings.</p><p>On Thursday, Governor Chris Gregoire notified state lawmakers that she will call them back to Olympia on November 28th for a special budget cutting session to make the cuts.</p><p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:32:31 +0000 Tom Banse 2713 at http://kplu.org Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges http://kplu.org/post/murray-urges-supercommittee-not-get-boxed-pledges <p>U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.</p><p>This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.</p><p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:10:25 +0000 Colin Fogarty 2581 at http://kplu.org Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges Seattle libraries closed this week to save money http://kplu.org/post/seattle-libraries-closed-week-save-money <p>If you&#39;ve got books overdue at the Seattle public library don&#39;t worry. No fines will be charged this week while all the public libraries in the city are closed due to budget cuts.</p><p>Seattle libraries will reopen after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 6.</p><p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:00:55 +0000 The Associated Press 2459 at http://kplu.org WSU to cut $40 million from budget http://kplu.org/post/wsu-cut-40-million-budget <p>Washington State University is finalizing its plans to cut $40 million in the current biennium budget.</p><p>Washington State University President Elson Floyd says he&rsquo;s never seen anything like it in his years in higher education&mdash; he&rsquo;s referring to the loss of 52% of the university&rsquo;s net state appropriation in the past four years. And about forty million dollars needs to be cut in the current budget cycle through 2013.</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:58:13 +0000 Northwest News Network 2380 at http://kplu.org Washington’s litter hotline falls to budget cuts http://kplu.org/post/washington%E2%80%99s-litter-hotline-falls-budget-cuts <p>Washington&#39;s litter hotline is no more. The toll free number to report people throwing trash out of their cars has fallen victim to state budget cuts.</p><p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:06:51 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2108 at http://kplu.org Washington’s litter hotline falls to budget cuts State budget cuts were unique this time around http://kplu.org/post/state-budget-cuts-were-unique-time-around <p>This season of state budget cuts in Olympia was different than previous bad-budget years, not just in size and scope &ndash; but also because the Legislature eliminated many small programs rather than suspending them so they can be brought back online more easily in better times.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s different,&rdquo; said Marty Brown, director of Washington&#39;s Office of Financial Management.</p><p>The $4.6 billion in cuts that resulted in the state&rsquo;s current $32 billion two-year budget contained many program eliminations that surprised even veteran budget wonks like Brown.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:55:27 +0000 Jake Ellison 2096 at http://kplu.org State budget cuts were unique this time around 10 state budget cuts that might surprise you http://kplu.org/post/10-state-budget-cuts-might-surprise-you <p>Washington budget writers just can&rsquo;t catch a break. Earlier this week, state income had fallen another $22 million short of forecasts. That&rsquo;s on top of a forecasted revenue slump that will leave the state with only $163.3 million in reserve by June 2013.</p><p>All of which comes on the heels of the Legislature&rsquo;s $32 billion two-year budget that cut $4.6 billion.</p><p>We&rsquo;ve heard about the big cuts to education and a few other programs &ndash; such as <a href="http://kplu.org/post/washington-closes-tourism-office-face-budget-cuts">closing the state tourism office</a>, the <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/07/01/1728458/free-washington-tobacco-quitline.html">quit cigarette hotline</a>, <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015478485_apwalivingwillregistry.html">living will registry</a> and <a href="http://www.theolympian.com/2011/07/05/1712667/film-industry-warns-state.html">ending film industry incentives</a>. Now, here&rsquo;s 10 small programs cuts that will affect the way at least some Washington citizens live their lives:</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:30:07 +0000 Jake Ellison 2092 at http://kplu.org 10 state budget cuts that might surprise you Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget http://kplu.org/post/class-sizes-preserved-counselors-cut-seattle-schools-budget <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976529.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976529.mp3</a></p><p>Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district&#39;s school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 15:41:58 +0000 Charla Bear 2033 at http://kplu.org Options for Seattle community centers include closures http://kplu.org/post/options-seattle-community-centers-include-closures <p>Some neighborhoods could lose their central gathering spots for kids and seniors. The city is considering closing several community centers or reducing hours to cut costs.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 23:25:41 +0000 Charla Bear 1892 at http://kplu.org Options for Seattle community centers include closures