Are you sick of words, words, words always junking up your computer screen? Do you consider yourself more of a "pie person" than a "numbers person"? Are you ready for a simple, easy-to-digest breakdown of the Washington State budget crisis?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then I have a deal for you!
The Economic Opportunity Institute, a local nonprofit think tank, has released a helpful, four-page breakdown (Shamwow!pdf) of Washington's 2011-13 General Fund budget, featuring graphic depictions of what services our tax revenues fund (and which have taken the greatest hits), why Washington won't dig out of its deficit without an income tax, and more:
I know it's not a pie, but still.
Courtesy of the EOI
Given that legislators failed to balance the state budget during last fall's special session, and given that that today is the first day of the regular legislative session, this is definitely worth your attention (Shamwow!pdf).