federal budget http://kuow.org en Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal http://kuow.org/post/sen-patty-murray-explains-budget-deal <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Patty Murray about the new bipartisan budget deal she constructed with Rep. Paul Ryan. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:46:49 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Amina Al-Sadi 25302 at http://kuow.org Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal How The Government Prepares For A Shutdown http://kuow.org/post/how-government-prepares-shutdown <p>The fiscal year ends September 30 and without a budget agreement before that the government could face a shutdown. We&rsquo;ve heard the threat many times before and you may not be taking it seriously. But whether or not the shutdown occurs, government agencies are spending time and tax dollars now preparing for the shutdown-apocalypse.</p><p>Joining us with a look at how the planning process is affecting one federal agency here in Seattle is Jenny Durkan. She&#39;s the US attorney for the Western District of Washington. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:44:05 +0000 David Hyde 21118 at http://kuow.org How The Government Prepares For A Shutdown House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare http://kuow.org/post/house-gop-votes-fund-government-kill-obamacare The Republican-controlled House has voted to keep the government funded but its "continuing resolution" comes with a poison pill to defund the Affordable Care Act that Democrats have vowed is dead on arrival in the Senate.<p>On a nearly straight party vote, House lawmakers voted 230 to 189 to approve the stopgap funding resolution, which would keep the government operating until Dec. 15. <a href="http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/house-passes-obamacare-defunding-bill-as-shutdown-looms/">Two Democrats</a>, North Carolina's Mike McIntyre and Jim Matheson of Utah voted for the measure. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 20701 at http://kuow.org House GOP Votes To Fund Government, Kill Obamacare Lawmaker Requested Projects Get Funding In Washington's Construction Budget http://kuow.org/post/lawmaker-requested-projects-get-funding-washingtons-construction-budget <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/091313AJ_PorkSpending_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In Washington, DC they’re called earmarks: the money members of Congress put in the budget for projects back home. In Washington state, there’s a more genteel term: member requests.<p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:19:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 20411 at http://kuow.org Lawmaker Requested Projects Get Funding In Washington's Construction Budget Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees At Madigan Army Medical Center http://kuow.org/post/mandatory-furloughs-tough-employees-madigan-army-medical-center <p><em>Correction 7/8/2013: A previous version of this story contained an error. Furloughs begin Monday, July 8, not Friday, July 12.</em></p><p>Beginning Monday, more than 2,600 civilian employees at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma will begin mandatory one-day-a-week furloughs.</p><p>The furloughs are a result of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:13:14 +0000 Patricia Murphy 16238 at http://kuow.org Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees At Madigan Army Medical Center Sequestration: The First Cut Isn't The Deepest http://kuow.org/post/sequestration-first-cut-isnt-deepest <p>Even though you might not have heard much about it these past few weeks, the sequester is still chopping away at federal funds. This week Washington state emergency unemployment benefits are being cut by almost 25 percent. Ross Reynolds spoke with Johnny Dwyer, one of the 40,ooo people being affected by these drastic reductions to unemployment benefits, about how he is coping and what he hopes for.&nbsp; Thu, 23 May 2013 21:03:11 +0000 The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 13625 at http://kuow.org National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines http://kuow.org/post/national-train-day-update-northwest-rail-lines <p></p><p>Tomorrow is Amtrak’s National Train Day, a holiday that was started back in 2008 to celebrate US passenger trains. Here in Seattle, the <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/rail/kingstreetstationrenovation/">King Street station was recently renovated</a> with the help of funds from the federal government. But starting in October, the feds are cutting funding to Amtrak lines that are less than 750 miles long. The effects of the change will be felt here. Ross gets the details from Ron Pate of the state Transportation Department’s rail division.</p><p>We also hear from Sound Transit spokeswoman Kimberly Reason about the Sounder Train and Light Rail projects. Plus, Ross talks trains with Seattle Times economics columnist <a href="http://www.roguecolumnist.com/">Jon Talton.</a> Fri, 10 May 2013 18:57:39 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12870 at http://kuow.org National Train Day: An Update On Northwest Rail Lines Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Mail Delivery After All http://kuow.org/post/post-office-will-keep-saturday-mail-delivery-after-all The U.S. Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 11162 at http://kuow.org Postal Service Will Keep Saturday Mail Delivery After All It's Not Me, It's You: The Politics Of Sequestration http://kuow.org/post/its-not-me-its-you-politics-sequestration <p>As the date of the sequestration nears, fingers continue to get pointed, but what if political infighting is really the fault of the constituents? Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt about why he thinks it is the constituents that are to blame for the looming across-the-board budget cuts.</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:34:51 +0000 Producer 8898 at http://kuow.org Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts http://kuow.org/post/universities-say-research-funding-cuts-may-bring-job-cuts <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/022513TB_Research_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:47:43 +0000 Tom Banse 8820 at http://kuow.org Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts Can We Still Afford Higher Ed? http://kuow.org/post/can-we-still-afford-higher-ed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William </span>Zumeta<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and </span><a href="http://bigthink.com/experts-corner/can-we-still-afford-higher-education" style="line-height: 1.5;">has written about the costs of college</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 8131 at http://kuow.org Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?