State Budget Crisis

State Budget Crisis
9:13 pm
Sat December 11, 2010

Lawmakers convene to address budget gap

It was short and bittersweet. Washington lawmakers convened Saturday in a rare, lame duck special session. Their job: take a bite out of the billion dollar hole in the current two-year budget. Lawmakers passed three pieces of legislation. 

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State Budget Crisis
5:17 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Special Session tomorrow to cut state budget

Washington's lawmakers will meet in special session on Saturday to start chopping away at a billion-dollar budget shortfall. The governor and legislative leaders emerged from a closed door meeting yesterday with a budget deal. 

The plan is for a one-day special session. Legislative leaders from both parties and Governor Chris Gregoire have agreed to an immediate round of fresh cuts. The goal is to reduce the current $1.1 billion budget shortfall by about half. 

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State Budget Crisis
9:49 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Governor orders cuts as preschool waitlist soars

The number of poor children on the waitlist for preschool in Washington has tripled over the past three years. And now the problem may get worse. Governor Chris Gregoire’s across-the-board budget reductions threaten to cut more than 100 kids who are already enrolled.

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State Budget Crisis
4:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Gregoire to call special session on budget

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a special session of the legislature to address the ballooning budget crisis. The Democrat made the announcement Monday afternoon following a meeting with legislative leaders from both parties. 

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Eyes turn to Olympia on eve of budget talks, Bellevue takes a hit, Pierce County plans protections against nature's hits,  and the Huskies fight their way to a Holiday. 

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State Budget Crisis
5:08 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Protests to greet state lawmakers as budget cuts loom

Washington lawmakers return to Olympia this week, but not for a special session. They're getting organized for the regular session in January. That will bring out advocates who plan to stage protests over looming budget cuts.

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State Budget Crisis
7:28 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Candy, soda and bottled water tax goes away today

Chris Shook, a driver with Harbor Pacific Bottling Inc., makes a delivery of soda and water in Elma, Wash.
Ted Warren AP Photo

Washington’s sales tax on candy, soda and bottled water goes away today. Some candy and chocolate stores are bracing for a surge in business from corporate gift purchases that have been delayed until now to avoid the tax.

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News Roundup
5:50 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

This motorist was stranded on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle last Monday during the snowstorm that paralyzed area roads. The state has a new plan to ease the jams during snow and ice storms.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

A new plan to deal with traffic-jamming snow and ice on the roads, A Fort Lewis-based soldier gets a court martial plea deal, no special session agreement - yet, and Grammy nods for Northwest bands.

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State Budget Crisis
11:54 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Community health center grants to be suspended next month

About $5.3 million in monthly grants to community health clinics around the state will be suspended through June. Three dozen organizations representing 214 clinics will see the grants suspended beginning Jan. 1.

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Budget Cuts
9:12 am
Tue November 30, 2010

Governor anxious to whack state budget further

Governor Chris Gregoire wants an agreement from Republican and Democratic lawmakers on a package of immediate cuts to the state's budget by the end of this week.

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State Budget Crisis
1:17 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Gregoire: eliminate state's Basic Health program for poor

Eliminating the state's health insurance program for the poor is on Governor Chris Gregoire's list of proposed budget cuts.  Her proposal also includes cuts to education programs benefiting gifted children and financial help for revenue-poor school districts.

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State Budget Crisis
4:31 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily

The union which represents home health workers in Washington is reacting angrily to a move by Governor Chris Gregoire on Friday to cancel several collective bargaining agreements and ordered state employees back to the negotiating table.

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State Budget Crisis
3:55 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Budget crisis means closure for McNeil Island prison

McNeil Island prison Is Slated For Closure By April 1st Due To Washington’s Budget Crisis.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

Washington's oldest prison will close by April 1st, a casualty of the state's current budget crisis. McNeil Island Corrections Center's 500 inmates will be moved to other facilities. Some of the 245 employees will be reassigned, while others stand to lose their jobs.

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Washington's Prisons
6:47 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Teamsters file suit over prison cuts

Union correctional workers are unhappy about recent budget cut plans. This is the correctional facility in Shelton, WA.
AP

Unionized prison employees will picket outside the Monroe prison this morning. They’re protesting budget cuts. The union has also filed a formal lawsuit.

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