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March 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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State budget editorial

The budget hurts students

The Republican Senate budget sets the record straight. When Republicans are in the minority, they talk big about how much they support education. Talk is easy when party does not have the votes.

The Republican Senate budget exposes the truth. They want cuts in education from kindergarten through college despite the recent court decisions that the state has not fully funded K-12 education as required by the Constitution.

This is not surprising. Republicans have shown their true colors in this education-cutting budget, joined by two conservative Democrats and one former Republican from Bellevue.

Unfortunately, the citizens who will be hurt most by the Republican Senate education priorities are the young people who cannot yet vote and college students. This budget damages their education and their futures.

They and our state deserve better.

— Pat Braman, retired educator, Mercer Island

We need those programs

The proposal to cut the two programs for people with developmental disabilities to save $14 million in order to pay for increased training as promoted by the Service Employees International Union is questionable.

The Seattle Times editorial board mentioned that most of their members do not even need the additional training.

If we have to introduce reforms, it is necessary that we take into consideration the impact on those individuals that needs our assistance.

Our policy makers need to revisit our goals that provide basic floor of social protection specially those that are poor and at a disadvantage.

If we do not support a program that trains people with disabilities for jobs that helps them live outside of institutions, who do you think will help them in our current economic condition?

— Rene J. Rigoroso, Everett

Inconvenient but needed

The Seattle Times has had three editorials favoring the take over of the Senate budget by the Republicans and their three Democratic supporters.

We see no problem delaying the June schools payment until the new fiscal year in July, if it’s a permanent change.

It’s inconvenient for the schools, but they really don’t lose any funding.

Otherwise, public schools, universities and social services take yet another devastating blow. Plus, Republicans want to skip a pension payment to state employees, creating another crisis down the road.

It’s bad enough, let’s not make it worse.

— Jim and Wanda Granquist, Auburn


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