Governor Releases Her Preliminary Budget
"Among the cuts proposed by Gregoire: $682 million in pay increases for state workers and teachers; $500 million in health care for children, the poor and the disabled; and $178 million in funding for Initiative I-728, which was approved by voters in 2000 to reduce class sizes in public schools."
According to Mr. Kennedy at last night's Board meeting, SPS gets about $21M from I-728. I don't know from this cut if we would still lose that much.
Also included was levy equalization cuts which I do not believe affects our levies because of the size of our district.
From the article:
"Which raises a question: What's being cut if state spending is essentially flat?
The answer: Mostly proposed increases in state spending.
Simply put, it generally costs more money each year to provide the same level of state services.
For example, when more children enroll in public schools, the state must pay for their basic education as required in the state Constitution. Washington currently is seeing a spike in enrollment, in part, some officials think, because many financially strapped parents are pulling their kids out of private school."Hmm, if Washington state is seeing a spike in overall enrollment in public schools, maybe the economy is driving more people there. Or it may be in more rural areas and not urban Seattle.