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February 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Army: 11,000 Washington state jobs at risk if Congress won’t stop military cuts

Documents obtained by USA Today give a state-by-state breakdown of the furloughs and financial impact related to the military, if Congress does not alter the current sequestration plan scheduled to take effect next month. In terms of Army cuts, Washington state would be hit 11th-hardest hit in the nation. At Joint Base Lewis-McChord, if…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: budget cuts, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Leon Panetta

June 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Seattle public libraries to close the week of Aug. 27, reopen Sept. 4

Citywide budget cuts will close Seattle public libraries for a week again this year. The library has chosen the week of  Aug. 27.  All branches will be closed from that Monday until Tuesday, Sept. 4, the day after the Monday Labor Day holiday. Because book drops will also be closed, no materials will be due and…

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Comments | Topics: budget cuts, libraries, Marcellus Turner

May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Seattle schools send layoff notices to 45 employees

Twenty-eight Seattle public school teachers and 17 other school district employees received layoff notifications last week as part of an attempt to cut $20 million out of next school year’s budget. The notices mean the employees may lose their job next school year, but they could also be rehired. State law requires school districts to tell…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: budget cuts, layoffs, Michael DeBell

February 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Emergency room protest by doctors? Not happening, docs say

Over the weekend, a Twitter conversation made the rounds suggesting that doctors here planned to occupy emergency rooms in protest on April 1, the day the state plans to stop reimbursing hospitals and doctors for Medicaid patients’ non-emergency visits. Dr. Nathan Schlicher, a Tacoma emergency doctor who is leading the effort by the state’s emergency doctors and the Washington State Medical…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget cuts, emergency rooms, Medicaid

January 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Seattle teachers use furlough time to protest budget cuts

About two dozen Seattle teachers in West Seattle protest state education budget cuts on Tuesday. Seattle Public Schools teachers, free for the afternoon because of furlough time, took to the streets Tuesday afternoon to protest state budget cuts to K-12 education. The teachers, many wearing red “for ed,” gathered at six spots across the city…

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Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: budget cuts, furlough, protest

November 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Garfield students walk out to protest education cuts

Students from Seattle's Garfield High School marched to city hall early this afternoon to protest cuts to education. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times) Hundreds of students from Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of classes this afternoon to protest state budget cuts to education. The students began their walk to City Hall at 12:30 p.m. to…

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Comments | More in Education, General news, Government | Topics: budget cuts, Garfield High School, Olympia

November 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

New poll finds support for state sales tax increase

A new Elway Research poll found that 64 percent of the voters surveyed indicated they were likely to support a temporary bump in the state sales tax to avoid cuts to certain state services. The poll found that 43 percent were “certainly willing” and 21 percent were “probably willing” to support Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget cuts, Gov. Chris Gregoire, poll

November 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Seattle City Council OKs budget that includes layoffs, no new police

The Seattle City Council approved a $913 million general-fund budget Monday afternoon that lays off 74 city workers and eliminates 85 unfilled positions, but also protects some health and human services. City leaders warned that with the economy still struggling and more budget cuts projected in the coming years, the city’s ability to protect vulnerable residents…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: budget, budget cuts, Seattle City Council

October 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Gregoire outlines $2 billion in widespread budget cuts

UPDATE:  Read the latest version of this story. Gov. Chris Gregoire today proposed $2 billion in budget cuts that would increase class sizes in public schools, eliminate subsidized health insurance for the working poor and cut the length of supervision for inmates released from prison. That’s just a start. In all, the governor has proposed…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: budget cuts, Gov. Chris Gregoire, State budget