Education advocates look for budget fixes. Plus: worker retraining funds fall short, less access to Basic Health Care – and a state jobs proposal

April 6, 2009 | Alex Stone

Education advocates look for ways to fix budget: Some education advocates aren’t just complaining about the dramatic cuts proposed by the Legislature for K-12 and higher education, they’re rolling up their sleeves and making suggestions for what everyone in Olympia likes to call “revenue enhancements.” |

Opinion: Proposed education cuts go too far: The budget proposals released in the state House and Senate this week each cut approximately $2 billion from K-12 and higher education. Legislators predict that as many as 5,000 educators at all levels will lose their jobs as a result. The proposed cuts are devastating, especially since investing in quality public schools is the key to our state’s economic strength and recovery, said WEA President Mary Lindquist. | Washington Education Association

Colleges lack retraining funds: Amid rising unemployment, community colleges across Washington state are turning away laid-off workers for lack of retraining funds. | The News Tribune

Dunshee shows us his idea to create 90,000 jobs on Monday; state Treasurer says bond houses still love Washington: You’ve probably heard something about this already. This is sorta what Gov. Chris Gregoire was referring to a few weeks back when she talked about a possible construction bond measure on the ballot to fix up schools and other stuff. | The News Tribune

New state taxes? Clock is ticking on that answer: State Democratic lawmakers are looking at new taxes as a way to fill holes in the state budget, less than a week after the release of budget proposals that would cut almost $4 billion from government services. | The Olympian

Basic Health Plan has 14,000 on ‘waiting list’ that will get longer: The Community Health Network of Washington is one of the groups that would take a huge cut in the 2009-11 state budget — directly or indirectly it would be about $300 million plus. (The clinics provide services to some of the people who will be losing coverage.) That’s one reason they are one of the groups working on a possible tax package for the ballot. | The News Tribune

Update on Basic Health Cuts: Schmudget links to a TVW clip featuring Steve Hill, head of the Washington State Health Care Authority, discussing disenrollment and the likelihood of people becoming uninsured. | Schmudget

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