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WA House Cuts College Education Budgets More than Senate But Less from K-12

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OLYMPIA, Wash-- Washington House Democrats unveiled their budget Tuesday. They want to cut less from some areas of education, but more from others.

KNDU talked to Rep. Larry Haler, who is working with other representatives on how exactly Tri-City school districts and colleges will be affected. It will probably be about two weeks before the budget is finalized.

The House Democrat's plan will use $3 billion of federal bailout money to help make-up some difference to the state's 9 billion dollar deficit through 2011.

They plan to take less money away from K-12 education and state worker benefits, than the senate, but the house wants a greater tuition increase to make up for cutting state college budgets.

"I'm optimistic at this point that we will have a very good budget, a lot better than what was originally proposed by the governor and proposed by the senate by the time we've worked out all the details for education," said Haler.

Haler thinks cutting education budgets is a way for democrats to get voters to want a tax increase.

KNDU also talked to Rep. Brad Klippert. He says legislators need to prioritize state spending so the budget meets the revenue we are taking in and we should not plan our budget based on stimulus money but on actual revenue.
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