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Washington Budget & Policy Center: Budget Comparison

By Josh Feit February 14, 2011

The state senate and house trying are tyring reconcile their two different supplemental budget proposals this week. (They need to cut about $1.1 billion.) The supplemental budget is the budget for the final months of the 2009-2011 biennium, which ends June 30.

Here's the short version on the competing proposals: the house is better on the disability life line while the senate is better on the Basic Health Plan (although worse on health care for kids); the senate is better on K-12 while the house is better on higher ed. And either way, both budgets are more than $200 million short of the $1.1 billion mark.

The Washington State Budget & Policy Center, a left-leaning economic policy think tank, has detailed side-by-side comparison here:
Both proposals spell harm for our state’s most vulnerable populations-- under both proposals, seniors and people with developmental disabilities in in-home care would receive a 10 percent reduction in the number of hours of care they receive, mental health services would be reduced by $12.6 million, and food assistance to low-income, legal immigrants would be reduced by 50 percent.

Remember—the legislature still faces a $4.6 billion shortfall for the next biennium, which they'll take up after they pass the supplemental budget.
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