$5 billion budget gap means Washington faces painful cuts: State legislative leaders, stunned by new revenue projections showing a $5 billion hole in the next two-year budget, see deep and painful cuts ahead. Washington quarterly revenue projection down $1.9 billion: The November revenue forecast for Washington state government shows projected General Fund revenue down a […]
Washington’s budget forecast and revenue projections. Plus: unemployment benefits, Washignton’s business competitiveness and pension benefits.
Middle-class squeezed out of child care, preschool: It’s part of the middle-class pinch: when families earn too much money to qualify for state-funded child care or preschool, but can’t pay out-of-pocket without feeling financially squeezed. ABCs plus playing nice equals better pre-K smarts: Should preschool be more about ABCs or learning to play with others? […]
Recently, the American middle class has been the subject of several studies examining family spending during a recession. In the past year, family income has remained flat while expenses have continued to rise at alarming rates. Middle class families have responded by cutting spending, often on the early learning and pre-k programs proven to bolster […]
The state of Washington’s economy. Plus: the middle class, families in Washington, and how to fix the economy
Jobless rate a Washington economic indicator: The latest unemployment figures for Washington are due out Tuesday, and the quarterly revenue outlook will be issued Wednesday. The Formerly Middle Class: At the beginning of every recession, there are people who see the downturn as an occasion for moral revival: Americans will learn to live without material […]