Ross Hunter http://www.kplu.org en State House Democrats roll out their budget http://www.kplu.org/post/state-house-democrats-roll-out-their-budget <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-961567.mp3</p><p>Washington House Democrats have unveiled a plan to close a $5 billion shortfall over the next two years.&nbsp;The plan released Monday would close a $5 billion shortfall and yet still manage to save several programs the governor proposed to eliminate.</p><p>It would privatize the state&rsquo;s liquor distribution center and impose a $10 state park fee.&nbsp;It would also allow for the early release of some prison inmates. House Budget Chair Ross Hunter (D-Medina) calls it a responsible and sustainable budget.</p><p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:15:59 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1133 at http://www.kplu.org State House Democrats roll out their budget One month down, lots of work ahead on budget http://www.kplu.org/post/one-month-down-lots-work-ahead-budget <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-951719.mp3</p><p>Washington's legislature has hit the one-month mark. Budget writers say a deal is close at hand between the House and Senate to re-balance the current two-year spending plan. After that, attention will shift to the closing a multi-billion dollar shortfall in the next two-year budget.</p><p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:05:43 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 774 at http://www.kplu.org One month down, lots of work ahead on budget House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health http://www.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://www.kplu.org House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health