115 Wash. mayors call budget cuts ‘intolerable’



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Mayors around Washington state are telling Gov. Chris Gregoire that her budget cutting proposals are “intolerable.”

The 115 city leaders who signed on to the letter this week come from every part of the state — from Seattle to Wenatchee to Pullman. They say the cuts do not reflect the longstanding partnership between state and local officials, citing a proposal to stop sharing state liquor taxes and profits.

The mayors are calling for increased dialogue between the two groups.

Gregoire is looking to find $2 billion in savings due to a projected shortfall. Her recent proposal includes further cuts to higher education, eliminating the state’s health care program for the poor and reducing help to poor school districts. Lawmakers are returning later this month for a special session on the budget.