Wash. lawmakers to start special session - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Wash. lawmakers to start special session

Posted: Updated:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says a special legislative session to deal with the state's budget woes will begin Saturday.

Legislative leaders say they have an agreement that will address about $784 million of the $1 billion deficit to the current year's budget, which covers state spending through June.

Leaders say that about $200 million of that will recognize across-the-board cuts Gregoire previously ordered.

The Legislature has a bipartisan agreement to add another $584 in additional savings. That includes about $200 million of federal education money that is being diverted for general fund expenses. Lawmakers say they hope to be done with their work in a day.