House trims current fiscal year budget

Yesterday the state House approved the supplemental budget for fiscal year 2011, which ends June 30. The legislature hacked about $540 million out of this budget last December; Monday the House sent the Senate a plan to cut another $345 million. That still leaves a budget deficit for this year of about $255 million. The bill makes no additional cuts to CWU.

The bill is HB 1086. You can read the entire thing at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2011&bill=1086. (Sorry for the huge link. I’ve yet to make hyperlinks work in WordPress.) This sort of web page is available for every bill that’s introduced.

Make sure you’re reading the latest version of the bill. The full text–every line and number–is in the column called “bill documents.” On the far right see the column called “bill reports” for excellent bill summaries written by non-partisan policy staff. These often include testimony given in committee meetings, short background on the policy issue, and other quick bits of info.

The Senate and House have not yet proposed their versions of the big budget bill that will rule spending for the next two fiscal years. Right now they’re spending lots of time poring over the governor’s proposal. (You remember: the one that cuts our budget by $25%?) Legislative budget proposals will be introduced with fanfare later in the legislative session when lawmakers have a better idea of what the economy will do for the next two years.

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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