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Lawsuits over Wash. budget holding up some cuts

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawsuits are delaying millions of budget cuts that were needed to balance Washington state's budget earlier this year.

Court orders are blocking a handful of cuts worth more than $3 million a month.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has called the lawsuits a huge financial burden and says said that the court action might force her to make cuts elsewhere if the state cannot lift the orders or loses the cases.

The total value of the cuts to nursing home payments and other skilled nursing care for Medicaid patients is about $37 million to $38 million a year.

The lawsuits contend the cuts could harm people who need the state services.

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