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Monday, February 25, 2013

How the Sequester Cuts Will Hit Washington State

Posted by on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The Obama administration has released fact sheets detailing how sequester cuts are going to affect every state in the nation. The hit to Washington? Let's start with education:

Teachers and Schools
Washington will lose approximately $11,606,000 in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk. In addition about 11,000 fewer students would be served and approximately 50 fewer schools would receive funding. In addition, Washington will lose approximately $11,251,000 in funds for about 140 teachers, aides, and staff who help children with disabilities.

There's a lot more, of course. Cuts that will affect the water supply, public health, job search assistance, the STOP Violence Against Women Program, vaccines for children, nutrition assistance for seniors, public safety, and military readiness. Read all about it right here.


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Starve the Beast.
Posted by Jenny Craig on February 25, 2013 at 6:15 AM · Report this
We're gonna die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Will it be Mogadishu on the Sound? on February 25, 2013 at 6:37 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
anything but MILITARY READINESS! we'll have to rely on the unorganized militia when the UN black helicopters come.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 25, 2013 at 6:47 AM · Report this
The school my wife works at has been told the district will be cutting all funding for special education assistants. That mean the teacher will be left to deal with some profoundly disabled kids while also teaching 35+ kids.

But no worries - the latest convention "wisdom" as spouted by morons like George Will is that there is nothing to worry about! Sequestration will not be harmful to anyone & is really a good thing.
Posted by frankdawg on February 25, 2013 at 6:49 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 5
Austerity is a good thing right? Well, as long as we don't have the rich pay taxes it's A-Okay.

Maybe this will wake people up? Doubt it but maybe??
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM · Report this


maybe it is time for the 47% to pitch in a few pennies.....
Posted by Widow's Mite on February 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM · Report this

heaven forbid any administrators be cut.

or worse yet, don't dare touch plastic surgery benefits for teacher union members....
Posted by it really WOULD get ugly then... on February 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM · Report this
internet_jen 8
5 & 6 - we don't tax ourselves enough.

3 largest tax breaks of the nation:…

[I hope that link works, I'm stuck using windows exploer 8 and a lot of sites don't support it, I couldn't even open that ny time magazine site, but I copied the url from google]
Posted by internet_jen on February 25, 2013 at 7:27 AM · Report this
"we don't tax ourselves enough. "


You mean "someone else".

Haven't Sloggers been telling us Washington State would turn into Somalia with all the so-called "cuts" over the past 5 years? I was just in Walla Walla on a break this weekend with the family, no sign of roving gangs of warlords in Technicals terrorizing the people. Quite pleasant actually.
Posted by Mogadishu on the Sound on February 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Didn't we just raise taxes on "the rich" during the Fiscal Cliff negotiations? Where is that money. Sequestration sounds like yet another artificial crisis...
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 25, 2013 at 8:10 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 11
No troll dear. You don't pay enough in taxes, and neither do I. And you are evidentially content to let the rich in this state mooch off the rest of us - your type usually is.

What were you doing in Walla Walla? Visiting your mother at the penitentiary?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on February 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM · Report this
"You don't pay enough in taxes, and neither do I."

So I'm assuming you're not taking any deductions this year then, including writing-off that double-ended, hedgehog handle dildo as a work expense?
Posted by Mogadishu on the Sound on February 25, 2013 at 9:22 AM · Report this
@6 "maybe it is time for the 47% to pitch in a few pennies"

They already pay more taxes as a percentage of income, and a significant number of them pay more taxes as a gross number than you and many others reading Slog.

@10 "Didn't we just raise taxes [...]"

You can start crying when we get close to Reagan rates, and I might join you if we start heading for Eisenhower territory.
Posted by There Is More To Life Than Income Taxes on February 25, 2013 at 9:23 AM · Report this
internet_jen 14
The 3 Biggest Tax Breaks — and What They Cost Us

1. Exclusion for Employer-Provided Health Insurance - encourages paying in tax-free health care as opposed to taxable wages 264 billion in 2009 - the size of 6 federal agencies

2. Mortgage-Interest Deduction - wildly applicable to vacation homes and gigantic homes beyond the need of basic shelter, lower income families who buy modest homes save more via the standard deduction over itemizing. In 2009 the cost was about the same as the military's research and development budget.

3. Exclusion for 401(k) Contributions - full of pros and cons. It encourages saving for retirement, but it is another loophole in the tax code for companies and investors. Though America has a high corporate tax rate dude to holes in the tax code we collect little revenue in comparison. It costs about the same as the medicare prescription drug program.…

Posted by internet_jen on February 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
OK, now for a little actual factual content on the matter:…
Posted by sgt_doom on February 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM · Report this
GeneStoner 16
The entire $1.2 trillion in Sequestration 'cuts' should be understood that they are not really cuts at all...

They are really a lowering of the projected INCREASE in federal spending going forward.

In simple terms, if an agency's budget is $100, and they are expecting an increase of $10.00 next year, but they only get $8.00, Dumbocrat politicians characterize that as a $2.00 cut in spending. (Queue the Chicken Little quote).
Posted by GeneStoner on February 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM · Report this

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