Washington state budget cuts now total $5.2 billion – and counting

Over 3 budget years from 2009 to 2011, Washington State has grappled with a $12 billion shortfall between the projected need for public services and state revenues – which have plunged because of the recession. Federal stimulus money and the

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Location changes for Transforming WA’s Budget

Due to large crowds at the first two public meetings, state officials have decided to move the last two meetings, July 27th in Vancouver and July 29th In Spokane, to larger venues. Officials also shortened presentations by OFM staffers at

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Efficiency isn’t best way to evaluate government

From the Everett Herald: As the recession continues bumping along, tax receipts are continuing to fall behind what’s needed to sustain public investments in education, health care and public safety. The most recent state forecast projects a $3 billion revenue

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First public hearing in Tacoma kicks off Transforming Washington’s Budget tour

Last night’s public meeting of Transforming Washington’s Budget in Tacoma had a little something for everyone. Marty Brown, Governor Gregoire’s Budget Director, emceed the event. It began with a short speech from the Governor to outline the purpose of the

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Transform Washington’s budget from the comfort of your living room

If you can’t attend one of the four upcoming public meetings about transforming Washington’s budget, but you still want to weigh in, you’ve got an option: Go online to submit your best ideas and/or vote yay or nay on others’

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