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Category: budget cuts
November 5, 2013 at 7:29 AM

When poverty is growing, cutting food stamps is not the answer

Cut salaries of rich military contactors to save money As food stamp benefits decrease, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives wants to cut another $39 billion from food stamps over the next 10 years [“State will lose $144 million a year as food-stamp extra benefit expires,” NWFriday, Nov. 1]. At a time when poverty is growing, this…

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May 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Seattle transportation cuts

King County needs to manage money better Guest columnist and King County Executive Dow Constantine tells the state to think of King County as a business and give it the carte blanche he needs in order to freely tax at away for transportation funding because — keeping with his metaphor — that’s good business [“Allow King…

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March 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Local advocates from ‘Hutch,’ UW lobby on sequestration cuts in D.C.

Groups should be more creative So John Clark, chairman of biological structure department at the University of Washington School of Medicine, fears sequestration may force him to lay off just one researcher from his lab [“ ‘Hutch,’ UW descend on D.C. to lobby on sequestration cuts,” NWMonday, March 25]? I have two suggestions: Humbly submit a…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Federal government, Seattle, University of Washington | Topics: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Sequestration

March 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

State park system celebrates 100th anniversary amid funding cuts

Disconnect between government and people Fact: State parks are underfunded because the Legislature chooses to underfund them [“Budget-starved parks mark grim centennial,” page one, March 24]. Same thing with K-24 (or 2-23), roads and many other functions that are highly visible and highly desirable. Our elected officials behave as though they think the public is either…

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March 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Battle over budget in Olympia

Cuts should be extended to erring politicians Regarding the article on how to balance the budget [“As budget battle lines take shape, analogies fly,” NWThursday, March 21], why wouldn’t you first look at the politicians salaries? Obviously, by elected politicians deciding how to spend the money and on what programs — in which they can’t even…

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March 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Budget cuts affect diverse range of programs

Cuts to Head Start will affect families, society I have a child enrolled in the Virginia Searls Head Start program located in Bothell. I think making a 5 percent budget reduction to Head Start will be harmful for a lot of families that can’t provide preschool education [“How budget cuts could affect you,” seattletimes.com, March…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Children, Education, Federal government | Topics: Head Start, Sequestration

March 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Budget cuts mean no more White House tours

Appreciation of history is more important than a vacation The Seattle Times reported that President Obama has canceled all tours of the White House as a result of staffing reductions prompted by the sequester, tours that are overseen by Secret Service personnel [“No more White House tours, thanks to budget cuts,” seattletimes.com, March 6]. Yet…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, budget cuts, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, Sequestration, The White House

March 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Sequestration means fiscal doom

Outrage is present I am responding to one sentence in Lance Dickie’s March 1 column, “Our fiscal Doomsday Machine” [Opinion]: “Outrage at the contagion of tax avoidance in this country would be welcome.” Well, I am outraged. I am outraged that tax policies, and tax avoidance (and evasion) by corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent continue…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Congress, Economy, Federal government | Topics: Barack Obama, Republicans, Sequester

March 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Obama, congressional leaders fail to stop automatic budget cuts

Priorities called into question On March 2, The Seattle Times rightly headlined in bold type on page one the news that the federal government sequestration budget cuts have been put into effect [“Nobody budged”]. As a result of the sequestration, numerous programs will be cut that are crucial in helping people climb out of poverty…

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Comments | More in budget cuts, Economy, Federal government, Politics | Topics: Sequester, Sequestration

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