King County Budget http://kplu.org en No cuts to services in proposed King County budget http://kplu.org/post/no-cuts-services-proposed-king-county-budget <p>There&#39;s relatively good news on <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/PSB/Budget.aspx">King County&rsquo;s budget for 2012</a>: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services.&nbsp;</p><p>Constantine says though it is &ldquo;surrounded by seas of red ink,&rdquo; King County is &ldquo;an island of relative stability&rdquo; after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:09:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2732 at http://kplu.org Death penalty cases costing King County millions http://kplu.org/post/death-penalty-cases-costing-king-county-millions <p>King County prosecutors have spent nearly $700,000 on two active death penalty cases, but the defense cost is even higher &mdash; $4.3 million and climbing.</p><p>King County Prosecutor <strong><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015911448_deathpenalty15m.html" target="_blank">Dan Satterberg told The Seattle Times </a></strong>death penalty opponents are trying to hold off executions by running up the bills for investigators, forensics and expert witnesses.</p><p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:54:38 +0000 The Associated Press 2323 at http://kplu.org Constantine touts progress on budget, reform http://kplu.org/post/constantine-touts-progress-budget-reform <p>King County is in good shape and getting better.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the message from County Executive Dow Constantine during his &ldquo;State of the County&rdquo; speech Monday. Speaking from the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, Constantine touted progress in taming the county&rsquo;s budget problems and making county government more efficient.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 15:41:06 +0000 Liam Moriarty 901 at http://kplu.org Constantine touts progress on budget, reform Fight continues over King County cops' pay http://kplu.org/post/fight-continues-over-king-county-cops-pay <p>The conflict continues over an upcoming pay raise for sheriff's deputies in King County.&nbsp; Executive Dow Constantine has <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2010/December/16Contract.aspx">rejected</a> a proposal from the Police Officers Guild to cut their pay temporarily.&nbsp; He says their offer would have cost more than it saved.&nbsp;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-941060.mp3</p><p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:28:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 383 at http://kplu.org Extra room in the jail: a surprise with costly implications http://kplu.org/post/extra-room-jail-surprise-costly-implications <P>King County says it now has a glut of jail space and must consider cutting the rate it charges to cities to house offenders.&nbsp; That comes after years of dire warnings about jail over-crowding.&nbsp; Cities in south King County are building a new jail (which opens next year) for $56 million in Des Moines.&nbsp;</P> <P><EM>The Seattle Times </EM>reports <A href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013631611_jailpopulation09m.html">King County has been warned to cut costs or else face a loss of revenue</A>.&nbsp; It costs nearly twice as much to house a prisoner in King Count Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:52:43 +0000 KPLU News Staff 326 at http://kplu.org Extra room in the jail: a surprise with costly implications King County deputies vote on cutting pay http://kplu.org/post/king-county-deputies-vote-cutting-pay <P>As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.&nbsp; Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.&nbsp; But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase.&nbsp; Tue, 07 Dec 2010 19:23:47 +0000 KPLU News Staff 300 at http://kplu.org King County passes lean budget http://kplu.org/post/king-county-passes-lean-budget <p>The King County Council has voted for a lean 2011 budget that slashes 300 positions, many in law enforcement. Even some council members acknowledge it could hurt public safety. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:04:23 +0000 Paula Wissel 148 at http://kplu.org King County passes lean budget