Wash. lawmakers to discuss budget cut options



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in the state Senate are gathering to assess the budget reduction plans for health services and the Department of Corrections.

The Senate Ways & Means Committee plans to meet Monday afternoon. They will assess information about the state’s revenues and overall budget situation.

Gov. Chris Gregoire asked agencies to prepare plans for how to reduce budgets by 10 percent. She’s called lawmakers to a special session starting at the end of November that will seek to find $2 billion in cuts to fill a budget shortfall.

The round of budget cutting comes just months after lawmakers agreed to $4.6 billion in projected spending cuts to fill a shortfall. Education took the brunt of those cuts, which included reductions for teacher salaries.