State Budget Worries AARP

By Steve Jackson

A spokesperson for the American Association of Retired Persons is worried what the new Washington state budget might look like.
Lawmakers have been battling out spending priorities, with a huge budget deficit, and a state supreme court mandate to spend more money on education.
Ingrid MacDonald of AARP says the Senate Republican majority caucus is pushing a policy bill in exchange for agreeing to new revenue that will put an arbitrary cap on all non-education spending in the future.
“Programs that support low-income children, like foster care or Apple Health for Kids, are a growing at a rate faster than this case will allow, so this would force deep reductions in those programs,” MacDonald said.
It’s hoped that a revised revenue estimate that was released earlier this week indicating an extra $300 million will eliminate the need for a budget cap.
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