This year's financial bloodbath of a legislative session is scheduled to end April 26, at which point the some $8 billion worth of jobs, programs and social services will have been axed to make the books balance. So now everyone is hoping to garner enough public support to become the thing that legislators just can't cut and still have a prayer of keeping their jobs in the next election cycle.
Yesterday the Washington Education Association held a press conference to garner support for their opposition to both cuts and changes in teacher payment policies (more on that today from Nina Shapiro). UW President Mark Emmert wrote a guest editorial in today's Seattle Times arguing that cutting positions and programs at the school will take the "higher" out of "higher ed". (I notice he didn't say anything about how many professors or scholarships could be kept around for the equivalent of the new defensive coordinator's salary.)
And today a coalition of various health care organizations in the state released a 30 second ad which asks people to call Gregoire and their reps in Olympia and tell them to put funding back in the budget for a variety of programs and services (watch it after the jump). Clearly someone is going to get short shrift this budget cycle, now it's just a question of garnering enough public support to make legislators afraid of letting the ax fall in your direction.