Washington budget shortfall could hit higher education hard

Stefanie Botelho's picture

State officials are already expecting a shortfall in the next budget and higher education could take a big hit.

The state needs at least another $1 billion in additional revenue to meet most of the expected additional spending needs for the 2015-17 biennium, according to the Office of Financial Management.

Community college and university officials have already been told, along with some other state agencies, to begin preparing budget requests that include as much as a 15 percent reduction ahead of Gov. Jay Inslee developing a proposed budget.

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