Tom Koenninger Feb. 4: Education valued amid tight budget: Against the backdrop of a massive deficit, and motivated by anxiety, this 61st session of the Washington State Legislature promises to be unlike any other in modern times. Curriculum and Quality in Pre-k Programs: As states and the federal government seek to expand access to high-quality […]
The program of ‘last resort’ may lose funding. Plus: a new stimulus plan, welfare and Washington’s pension fund.
State looks to cut “last resort” safety net of cash, medical aid: For decades, Washingtonians with no other options have turned to a state program called General Assistance-Unemployable, or GA-U, which provides health coverage and a monthly cash benefit of up to $339. Enrollment hovers around 16,000, but Governor Gregoire has proposed cutting the programs […]
Health Care Now: The whole world is in recession. But the United States is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care catastrophe — in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and therefore lose access to essential care. Senate passes child […]
Food stamps offer best stimulus: As Congress and the White House consider a $150 billion stimulus package that includes tax rebates and tax incentives for business, a report released Tuesday suggests that other methods would do a better job of infusing money into the flagging economy and doing it fast. Treat health care as a […]