budget surprises http://www.kplu.org en Dirty dome, budget cuts blamed for Washington Capitol leaks http://www.kplu.org/post/dirty-dome-budget-cuts-blamed-washington-capitol-leaks <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; A dirty dome is blamed for leaks at the Capitol in Olympia.</p><div><p>State Department of Enterprise Services spokesman Jim Erskine says with cleaning postponed by budget cuts, it&#39;s possible mold and grime are widening cracks in the mortar and allowing water into the building.</p><p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:59:31 +0000 The Associated Press 3313 at http://www.kplu.org Dirty dome, budget cuts blamed for Washington Capitol leaks Seattle think tank floats state capital gains tax http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-think-tank-floats-state-capital-gains-tax <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington voters last year rejected a state income tax on high-wage earners. Now a left-of-center think tank is proposing a tax on investors to help bail out the state budget.</p><p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:59:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3093 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle think tank floats state capital gains tax Cut teacher salaries, release prisoners: Lawmakers talk budgets http://www.kplu.org/post/cut-teacher-salaries-release-prisoners-lawmakers-talk-budgets <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; State lawmakers have started assessing potential ideas on how to fix the state&#39;s budget situation.</p><div><p>A Senate committee heard proposals Monday that would further reduce teacher salaries, release prisoners early and eliminate virtually all substance abuse services.</p><p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 23:29:34 +0000 The Associated Press 2866 at http://www.kplu.org Cut teacher salaries, release prisoners: Lawmakers talk budgets Washington state agencies propose more 'painful' program cuts http://www.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://www.kplu.org Gregoire says special session will be 'brutal' http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-says-special-session-will-be-brutal <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling lawmakers back for what she expects will be a &quot;brutal&quot; special session focused on cutting the budget.</p><div><p>Gregoire said Thursday that she wants the Legislature back in Olympia to start work beginning Nov. 28.</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:08:12 +0000 The Associated Press & Northwest News Network 2705 at http://www.kplu.org Gregoire says special session will be 'brutal' Revenue drop raises talk of special session, tax measures http://www.kplu.org/post/revenue-drop-raises-talk-special-session-tax-measures <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; The words &ldquo;special session&rdquo; and even &ldquo;taxes&rdquo; are on the lips of some Washington state lawmakers after the latest revenue forecast.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:32:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2639 at http://www.kplu.org Washington revenue forecast drops $1.4 billion http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-revenue-forecast-drops-14-billion <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington&#39;s latest revenue forecast predicts a $1.4 billion drop in tax collections through June of 2013.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:04:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2634 at http://www.kplu.org Floyd tells WSU 'We're not out of this fiscal crisis yet' http://www.kplu.org/post/floyd-tells-wsu-were-not-out-fiscal-crisis-yet <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984111.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-984111.mp3</a></p><p>Washington State University President Elson Floyd says the university will get out of the current fiscal crisis, but it is not there yet.</p><p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:23:03 +0000 Glenn Mosley 2477 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle libraries closed this week to save money http://www.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://www.kplu.org Impact of debt ceiling debate? UW, cities could be downgraded http://www.kplu.org/post/impact-debt-ceiling-debate-uw-cities-could-be-downgraded <p>University of Washington, the City of Seattle and King County all face possible credit rating downgrades because of the federal government stalemate over raising the national debt ceiling.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:02:08 +0000 The Associated Press 2202 at http://www.kplu.org Impact of debt ceiling debate? UW, cities could be downgraded Seattle forced to sell property to fix streets http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-forced-sell-property-fix-streets <p>The City council has confirmed a commitment to spend $3 million dollars from the sale of a property along Aurora Avenue north, known as the &ldquo;Rubble Yard.&rdquo;</p><p>The one-time boost increases the city&rsquo;s street repair budget by about 33% for the year. Declining tax revenues have taken a bite out of money available for backlogged road repair projects.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 01:58:21 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2169 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle forced to sell property to fix streets Washington’s litter hotline falls to budget cuts http://www.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://www.kplu.org Washington’s litter hotline falls to budget cuts Cut of 20,000 government workers could be next big surprise http://www.kplu.org/post/cut-20000-government-workers-could-be-next-big-surprise <p>With the loss of revenue, the impact of inflation and rising population, Washington&rsquo;s government is providing one-fifth (18 percent) fewer services.</p><p>That&rsquo;s instruction in K-12, colleges and universities, road maintenance, health and welfare agents, building inspectors &ndash; you name it.</p><p>By the time this economic decline in government services gets ironed out, Washington could shed up to 20,000 government jobs statewide, says Seattle economist Dick Conway, who is also co-publisher of the <a href="http://www.economicforecaster.com/">Puget Sound Economic Forecaster</a>.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:45:51 +0000 Jake Ellison 2104 at http://www.kplu.org Cut of 20,000 government workers could be next big surprise State budget cuts were unique this time around http://www.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://www.kplu.org State budget cuts were unique this time around 10 state budget cuts that might surprise you http://www.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://www.kplu.org 10 state budget cuts that might surprise you