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Saturday Special Session

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KENNEWICK, Wash.  Saturday State Legislators will not be Christmas shopping, instead they are gathering in Olympia for a special one-day session.  They've already agreed to a deal that will cut deep into services to balance the budget cut.

DSHS is just one of the programs that will feel the $79-million cut after Washington has reached a $1.1-billion deficit.

Here is a breakdown:

Higher education: $51-million
K through 12: $49.5-million

Disability Lifeline: $12.2-million
Basic Health Plan: $26.5-million
Other health care services: $37.7-million

Department of Corrections: $48.9-million

"Well the reason those were targeted is because they are big expense items and go beyond the programs that were replaced before," says Representative Larry Haler ( R ).

Haler says new programs will be cut, and some established programs will be cut back.  However, this is only the first step.  More cuts are expected in January.