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Gregoire cuts $51 million from state welfare

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire is cutting $51 million from state welfare programs, and says across-the-board cuts to other state programs are likely in October.

Gregoire has told state agencies to prepare for cuts of 4 to 7 percent effective Oct. 1. She will know firmer numbers after the state's updated revenue forecast in September.

The immediate cuts to welfare programs come mostly through decreasing the number of people eligible for the program and its services, including child care subsidies.

Gregoire says that even with federal money approved to the state this week, the state's reserves have dwindled to $72 million.