RUN! RUN FOR THE HILLS! HELP! AAAAUGH! WE’RE NOT GOING TO ESCAPE! WE NEED WHEELS!
Relax, folks! The Bus is here to bring you sweet, sweet deliverance from BUDGETPOCALYPSE 2010. Turns out the Mayans were right a bout the end… of Washington’s fiscal solvency… coming this year. I give ’em credit- who woulda thunk they’d know Washington is such a big deal? I mean, you’d think they’d predict the end of the world before the falling revenues of a political entity they couldn’t possibly have conceived with universal premodern perceptions of the nature and purpose of government- especially as the provider of social services like education or healthcare, which wasn’t even a figment of the wildest-thinking astronomer/political theorist’s imaginat…
…um, anyway, the state needs some money and the catepillars can’t give it all, know what I’m sayin? BUDGETPOCALYPSE is going to be the big theme of this year’s legislative session and the Bus is here to bring you updates and a chance to make an impact.
Here’s the skinny: the state is out $1.6 BILLION in revenues against its total expenditures for this budget alone. That comes on top of the incredibly painful $3.5 BILLION we had to cut last time around, and that tab we ditched on Barack. Governor Gregoire has proposed her own plan that will boost revenues and trim fat but there are likely more proposals coming.
We’ll let you know when that proposal comes around. In the meantime, keep reading Hella Bus… we’ll show you where the bunker is.