Gregoire’s budget cuts. Plus: protecting the most vulnerable, a new stimulus plan in the works and news on health care spending

January 6, 2009 | Alex Stone

Gregoire’s cuts mirror Rossi’s: During her re-election campaign, Gov. Chris Gregoire blasted Republican challenger Dino Rossi for decisions he made as the Senate’s lead budget writer in 2003 — such as suspending teacher pay raises mandated by voter initiative and cutting funding for children’s health care.

Stimulate the Economy by Mending Our Safety Nets: Lots of talk this week about the proposed stimulus. One high priority ought to be the most vulnerable members of our society. The safety net created in the 1930s to protect Americans from extreme poverty is in tatters. Now that we’re in the worst downturn since the Depression, that safety net needs mending. This should be a key part of any stimulus plan.

Obama stimulus plan boosts business tax refunds: President-elect Barack Obama’s proposed stimulus package would provide businesses with billions of dollars in refunds on taxes they paid several years ago.

Congress lines up behind stimulus: With new unemployment numbers out Friday and growing concern about deflation, President-elect Barack Obama won bipartisan pledges from Congress on Monday that lawmakers will approve a major economic recovery bill by mid-February.

Nation’s health spending rises, but not so much: Health care continued to take up a greater share of the economy in 2007, as spending on hospitals, doctors and other services increased 6.1 percent to $2.2 trillion.

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