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.