Will lifting the lid on school levies help backfill the budget cuts? Plus: tuition hikes hurt the middle class, paid family leave in Oregon, child care, the economy, and the sales tax debate

April 10, 2009 | Alex Stone

Lifting levy lid could provide too little to schools: Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed lifting of levy lids for public school funding would give school districts nearly $62 million statewide, but it’s essentially chump change as the state Senate proposes $1.3 billion in cuts to primary and secondary education. | seattlepi.com

Students: tuition hikes tap debt capacity of middle class: Getting back to the governor’s call for 14 percent tutition increases over the next two years, those called upon to pony up the cash released a statement today saying the increases in federal student aid were supposed to help families, not the state. | The Olympian

Proponents of paid family leave seek support in Oregon Legislature: Supporters of paid leave for workers to care for newborns or ill family members launched a new attempt Wednesday to persuade the Oregon Legislature to become the third state to adopt such a program. | Oregon Live

$2 billion from federal stimulus available for child care: States will share $2.3 billion in federal stimulus money to pay for child care programs and help less fortunate people get needed vaccinations, Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday. | Associated Press

Little by little, economy showing signs of recovery: Consumers and investors seem to be less jittery following news of a drop in unemployment filings and better-than-expected retail sales. Do we dare hope? | The News Tribune

Lawmakers likely to ask voters for sales-tax increase: House Speaker Frank Chopp on Thursday said there’s better than a “50-50” chance lawmakers will ask voters to increase the sales tax to help backfill proposed cuts to state health programs. | Seattle Times

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