Published December 18, 2008
Where the whacking is (That's you, DSHS)
I cannot possibly communicate all the fascinating tidbits found in the budget proposal today, but a few items have jumped out:TVW's funding is cut by 20 percent. That must mean gavel-to-four-fifths-of-gavel coverage of the Legislature.The fees charged by the Labor Relations Office to negotiate those contracts that arenít being funded are being suspended. CTED is hammered in the coming two-year budget. A drop of 28 FTEs, and budget reduction of 8 percent. (Health Care Authority loses 18 positions.)But the big cuts, as expected, come to DSHS. An FTE reduction of 736 from a maintenance level of 19,068. Thatís more layoffs than CTED has workers.Read the summaries and budget yourself here.