Wash. lawmakers move to trim some costs



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.


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


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