Senate Democrats unveil Wash. budget proposalSouthwest Washington educators and health care officials on Tuesday greeted the latest budget proposal by Senate Democrats a little more warmly than they received the House Democrats’ version, but the plan still prompted plenty of criticism.“Overall, we’re pretty pleased with it,” said Steve Olsen, chief fiscal officer of Vancouver Public Schools. But, he added, “the truth will be when the consensus budget comes out.”Clark County school districts fare slightly better in the state Senate budget, Olsen said, because the Senate budget doesn’t delay levy equalization payments, which help even the playing field for districts with comparatively lower property values. The Senate Democrats’ budget also reduces the size of kindergarten through third-grade classes at low-income schools, Olsen said.Higher education officials also were pleased with the Senate proposal. The House version unveiled last week would take about $65 million out of higher education, although some of it is added back in for specific programs.If approved, the supplemental operating budget proposed by Senate Democrats on Tuesday would be the first time since 2007 that Washington State University dodged appropriations cuts, according to a WSU news release. WSU, which has a branch campus in Vancouver, would see $9.3 million slashed from its budget under the House Democrats’ proposal a cut that’s omitted in the Senate version.
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Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros For FIBA Asia veteran Jimmy Alapag, this conference is the perfect time for the Texters to bounce back after its debacle in the Governors’ Cup. At that time, he and teammates Larry Fonacier, Ranidel De Ocampo and Jason Castro led the country’s runner-up finish in the FIBA Asia Cup last August.That second place finish gave the Philippines a return ticket to the FIBA World Cup in Spain after years of absence.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike“It was a tough season for the team because of FIBA Asia. Now that we are back, we will do our best to start the season strong” said Alapag during yesterday’s press conference at the Aicila Suites.While Alapag guns for redemption, Meralco’s newly acquired arsenal, Gary David, also a FIBA Asia campaigner, promised to not just serve as the Bolts’ best scoring option but also a huge option on other aspects of the game like defense and ball rotation. Angara: Investigate DOH’s ‘constipated’ medicine distribution system Both Black and Gregorio promised the Cebuano basketball fans of an action-packed and entertaining opening match this afternoon amidst the gloom of the recent disasters.“We are ambassadors of the sport. We are here to showcase our talents especially in these times of calamity. We hope that we can somehow lift up the spirits of the Filipino nation when we play tomorrow (today),” Gregorio said.Read Next Aware of the impact of today’s game for the rest of the conference, both the Philippine Cup defending champions Talk N Text Tropang Texters and the Meralco Bolts are not taking their opening game of the PBA-PLDT My DSL Philippine Cup lightly.The Cebu Coliseum will host the TNT-Meralco joust this afteroon, one of three games that will open the year’s concluding conference.ADVERTISEMENT “New team, new role so I have to prepare myself to improve more. I managed to adjust easily with the guys because I know them already outside the court that’s why I’m not that pressured, “ said David. (see related story on page 30)MORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosMORE STORIESnewsinfoBatanes quake left P292 M infra damage – DPWHnewsinfoSuspected drug peddler killed in Albay bustnewsinfoFake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in PaterosMeralco Coach Ryan Gregorio said that he will mold David a multi-dimensional player.Talk N Text’s Kelly Williams and the Bolt’s Jared Dellinger who was out for more than six months due to injury, promised to contribute more for their respective teams.“We want to accomplish something this season but with a new team, I think there’s a different feeling playing with them because I’m a former Talk N Text player,” Dellinger said.Talk N Text Head Coach Norman Black said his team’s campaign will hinge on his talented line-up of guards composed of Alapag, Castro and Fonacier. He also assured that Cebuano cager Elliud Poligrates will get his much needed time inside the court today.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Quake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anew SMC bags Bulacan airport project Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BPI nets P13.74B in H1 MOST READ PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LATEST STORIES