Continued state budget cuts are dragging down Washington's economy, undermining opportunity for our children, and threatening the health of our most vulnerable citizens. We can choose a better path that builds a stronger future for our state.
Over the past three years, Washington's budget has been slashed by roughly $6 billion. Reductions affect everyone -- with larger classes and fewer staff in public schools, higher tuition and fewer course offerings at universities and community colleges. And with 137,000 people on the wait list for the Basic Health Plan, fragile seniors losing in-home services, and low-income children losing quality childcare, budget cuts will also mean more layoffs in every community in the state.