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Gov. plans major cuts to WA budget

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - To fill a $2 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing eliminating the state's health care program for the poor, trimming another 15 percent from higher education and reducing levy equalization for poor school districts by 50 percent.

The proposed budget cuts, announced Thursday in Olympia, also include reducing the length of supervision for all convicts and ending alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs.

Lawmakers are due in Olympia in late November for another round of budget cuts totaling about $2 billion. Earlier this year, the Legislature cut about $4.6 billion of state spending.

Gregoire says her options are limited, but will welcome feedback from the public before she releases her final supplemental budget proposal before November's special session.