Wash. budget woes may translate into more job cuts
Associated Press - March 22, 2009 2:55 PM ET
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Lawmakers are putting together their budget plans in Olympia. And some say the latest revenue forecast will translate into more layoffs from state jobs.
Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina told The Olympian that lawmakers are looking at thousands of possible job cuts. With the project budget shortfall now approaching $9 billion, lawmakers are also looking at cutting at least 10,000 college enrollment slots. They also may need to make sharp reductions in subsidized health care for the poor, cut school budgets, close parks, and let more people out of jail.
The budget plans soon to be released by state lawmakers could cut more than 8,000 jobs in state agencies, colleges and public schools.