Questioning the effectiveness of tuition increases. Plus: rising state unemployment, the basic health debacle, and finding new revenue

April 15, 2009 | Alex Stone

UW Tuition Increase May Not All Go To Education: University of Washington students are learning that a big increase in tuition and fees could come with a twist. There are plans in the legislature to divert some of the additional money away from higher education. | KIRO TV

Opinion: Sticker Shock 101: In pushing for large tuition increases over the next two years, Gov. Chris Gregoire invoked many of the arguments made over the years for a high tuition-high aid model for higher education. The idea is to keep tuition high but backfill with financial aid, so that a college education remains accessible for students from lower-income households. The Economic Opportunity Institute studied how that has played out at four universities, and the results are not encouraging. | Spokesman Review

9.2% unemployment “troubling” for state: Washington’s economy is deteriorating at a pace not seen since modern record-keeping began more than three decades ago, according to the latest state jobs report. | Seattle Times

WA Proposes Drastic Cuts to Basic Health Plan: Here’s a sign of the economic times we’re living in. The wait-list for Washington’s state-subsidized Basic Health Plan has ballooned to more than 14,000 people in the past few months. | OPB News

Bill gives state leeway to cut rolls: The state would be able to push people off its health insurance plan for the working class under a bill heard by legislators Tuesday. | The Olympian

Opinion: Find new revenue to preserve state programs: Choosing between preserving funding for education and helping people with disabilities is a false choice, argues Remy Trupin, executive director of the Washington Budget and Policy Center. Rather than cut during this budget strife, the Washington Legislature should raise new revenues. | Seattle Times

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