Monday, March 25, 2013
State lawmakers have a big problem: The next two-year state budget faces a shortfall of up to $1.3 billion. And on top of that, the state Supreme Court has said Washington isn’t meeting its obligation to fully fund basic education. Meeting that mandate could cost an additional $500 million to $1.7 billion over the next two years, depending on whom you ask. Here’s your chance to decide how you would balance the state budget and increase education funding at the same time.
The current Legislature has not yet released proposals to achieve those goals. But some ideas have been offered. These possible cuts and tax increases are compiled from former Gov. Chris Gregoire’s 2013-15 budget proposal released in December, from a list of possible cuts offered by a state commission examining how to improve education, and from House Republicans and individual lawmakers. This is not a comprehensive list of every potential cut mentioned, but it gives an idea of the choices lawmakers may have to make.
To add or remove an option, you can drag or click once on it. Benchmarks on the right will activate as you reach them. Click the information icon to learn more about each item.
If you are on a mobile or tablet device, check out the interactive here.