In this edition of the Media Digest you'll find stories about the budget, including a selection of editorials from around the state discussing the Governor's first budget and analyzing possible solutions..
The latest report on Washington state revenue collections carries a tad more bad news: a dip in October tax collections that was $17 million below what state revenue forecaster Arun Raha predicted three weeks ago
Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed state budget released last week calls for gutting core services to the poor, including health care, and suspending programs such as all-day kindergarten as a way to close a projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall.
Washington's tax system is about a century out of date, writes Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-South Tacoma. She urges the Legislature to reform a system that puts undue burden on low- and moderate-income taxpayers, making them choose between making ends meet or making cuts to education and other programs.
Gov. Chris Gregoire's plan for closing Washington's $2.6 billion budget gap without raising new revenue — one she is compelled by state law to submit — has been praised by some pundits. The Seattle Times editorial board called it "a good start to a difficult conversation." Trouble is, the governor appears determined to short-circuit or, at the very least, rush that conversation.
The all-cuts budget released Wednesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire painted the picture she intended. It was ugly, and unacceptable. It effectively made the case for considering some tax increases in the legislative session that starts Jan. 11.
One year ago, when Gov. Chris Gregoire kicked off her effort to streamline state government operations, the question was whether the Legislature would have the stomach to go along with her proposals – as modest as they were.
The state's two top Democrats on Thursday crossed an income tax off their list of potential new revenue sources for the state budget. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, both said they thought an income tax just won't fly during the upcoming legislative session.