Wash. lawmakers move to trim some costs

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a pair of bills meant to trim state costs in the face of a $2.7 billion deficit.

One measure would cut about $45 million from general state spending by restricting hiring, service contracting, out-of-state travel and larger equipment purchases, with some exceptions.

The second bill bans bonuses for many state workers, although some higher-paid employees would be exempt.

Both bills were approved unanimously by the House on Wednesday and now head to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s desk.

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The early savings bill is House Bill 2921. The bonus bill is HB 2998.

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