Schools also have stimulus wish list: Stimulus proposals in Congress would provide a blast of cash to Washington state schools that are otherwise anticipating steep revenue declines.
Billions in stimulus funds sought for Washington’s needs: The $800 billion federal stimulus package being drafted in Congress is supposed to be pork-free. But that hasn’t stopped Washington state’s delegation from trying to steer billions of dollars toward this region.
Downdraft in upward mobility: The cost of higher education in the United States has done a great deal to tamp down upward mobility in America.
Laid-off workers could get at least $200 a week, starting in May: Laid-off workers in Washington state would get at least $200 a week in unemployment benefits under provisions of a bill that was just passed by the state House of Representatives.
$15,000 tax credit won’t help low-income home buyers, experts say: The Senate measure offers the credit to anyone buying a primary residence. But buyers must earn enough to have $7,500 in income taxes — $81,900 per year for a family of four — to get the full benefit.
Health plan that covers all would be right direction: It’s the perfect storm. Thousands of Washingtonians are losing their jobs and their health benefits. Officials in state government face a potential $6 billion, two-year budget deficit and are proposing to eliminate or drastically reduce state-subsidized health care for the poor.
State owes pension plans: The taxpayers owe them $5.9 billion. That’s how far behind the state is in funding the oldest retirement plans for public servants