Budget http://www.kplu.org en Tacoma residents face cuts to everything from library hours to fire service http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-residents-face-cuts-everything-library-hours-fire-service <p>Tacoma’s City Council will vote this afternoon to slash the city budget by 15 percent - with cuts to pretty much everything, including the police and fire departments.</p><p>City Manager T.C. Broadnax took the job in February from San Antonio, Texas. He says he knew Tacoma had some cutting to do – but as he dug into the numbers, he realized spending was deeply out of whack and anticipated revenue was not there.</p><p>The housing slump continues to hurt property tax revenue,and&nbsp; money from sales tax hasn’t bounced back. Broadnax says Tacoma had been trying to put off cuts for years.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7272 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Legislature passes budget proposal, adjourns http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-legislature-passes-budget-proposal-adjourns <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Governor Gregoire played the role of negotiator-in-chief. Her shuttle diplomacy finally brought the Washington House and Senate to a bipartisan go-home deal. Lawmakers needed some extra time on the clock. But they were able to pass a budget that closes a half-billion dollar budget shortfall.</p><p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:06:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4716 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Legislature passes budget proposal, adjourns Tension lingers after budget coup in Washington senate http://www.kplu.org/post/tension-lingers-after-budget-coup-washington-senate OLYMPIA, Wash. – Tension lingers in Olympia as Washington legislators head into what is supposed to be the last week of session. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:16:23 +0000 Azusa Uchikura 4333 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-preserves-services-may-lay-82-workers <p>Big budget cuts loom from the state and federal governments, but some city and county leaders say their situation is more stable. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented an annual budget that cuts about 2 percent from the city&rsquo;s general fund.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:10:24 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2733 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers What should happen to Seattle's community centers? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-should-happen-seattles-community-centers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949107.mp3</p><p>If you care about youth sports, neighborhood gatherings or activities for seniors, you might rely on community centers. In Seattle, some <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/council/newsdetail.asp?id=11398&amp;Dept=28">big changes to the facilities could be on the way</a>. Officials say they’re too expensive as the city struggles with shrinking revenue. So they're asking anyone who's interested in community centers to help decide their fate.</p><p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 19:11:37 +0000 Charla Bear 671 at http://www.kplu.org What should happen to Seattle's community centers? Welfare recipients rack up millions in ATM fees http://www.kplu.org/post/welfare-recipients-rack-millions-atm-fees <p>Welfare dollars are supposed to help the poorest of families pay for the necessities of life. But Washington welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each month on ATM surcharges. That’s what correspondent Austin Jenkins found through a public disclosure request. The finding comes as Washington’s welfare program faces budget cuts.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 22:28:29 +0000 Austin Jenkins 397 at http://www.kplu.org Welfare recipients rack up millions in ATM fees Welfare cards used at out-of-state liquor stores, strip clubs http://www.kplu.org/post/welfare-cards-used-out-state-liquor-stores-strip-clubs <p>Some Washington welfare recipients are withdrawing cash at out-of-state liquor stores, smoke shops and even strip clubs. That’s the finding of a public radio investigation into welfare debit card use outside Washington’s borders. The finding comes at a time when the state’s welfare program is $82 million in the red.</p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:56:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 361 at http://www.kplu.org Welfare cards used at out-of-state liquor stores, strip clubs