SEATTLE -- Lawmakers are talking again about closing Washington's prepaid tuition program.

Until a month ago, a committee looking at the Guaranteed Education Tuition program was focused on getting rid of a state policy that threated its solvency.

After the leadership of the state Senate appeared to be shifting away from the Democrats and toward a mostly Republican coalition led by Democrat Sen. Rodney Tom, they turned 180 degrees and started talking instead about closing the GET program.

Tom says the program has a $631 million deficit and he doesn't want to see the hole getting any bigger.

The woman who runs the program points out that the state actuary believes the chance of the GET program running out of money before it pays for all its participants to go to college is only about 1 percent.

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