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November 19, 2010

    The state’s abysmal budget shortfall just got a bit worse.

Yesterday’s revenue forecast shows another drop in tax collections. This adds about $385 million to the hole

in the current year's budget, which runs through June 2011.
The forecast also says Washington will collect

about $810 million less than previously hoped for the next state budget, which lawmakers will write in the 2011

legislative session.

 

The 2011-2013 deficit is now pegged at about $5.7 billion, out of a

roughly $33 billion general fund budget. That means a big challenge lies ahead for lawmakers.

So, to

find out how the state will respond to another round of bad revenue forecasts, Isaac Kaplan-Woolner turned to

Senator Linda Evans-Parlette. Parlette said it will certainly be a painful year, and that deeper cuts are

inevitable. She says she doesn't see taxes as a viable solution.
 

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