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* Governor releases supplemental budget plan


While final details are yet to come, the proposed supplemental budget released Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, by Gov. Chris Gregoire appears to hold little surprise for Shoreline Community College.


“It looks to be about what we expected after the Legislature’s special session on Dec. 11,” Shoreline President Lee Lambert said by e-mail. Lambert is visiting China and other Asian countries on college business and personal leave, but staying in close touch. “We need to wait for analysis (by staff at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges) before we’ll know our final reduction target.” That review is expected in the coming week.


Gregoire’s proposal includes the reductions identified during the special session, worth about $588 million, plus pieces of her own earlier proposals to get to the $1.1 billion mark needed to balance the current year budget that ends June 30, 2011. The next step is to send the combined back to the Legislature for approval, expected to be among the first orders of business after lawmakers convene Jan. 10.

SCC/Jim Hills

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