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Wash. lawmakers line up a few early savings

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's Legislature is getting a head start on some of its cost-cutting chores.
     
The state House's budget committee is discussing a bill Tuesday afternoon that would trim about $47 million from current state spending.
     
It's a drop in the bucket compared to the overall budget deficit, which is currently projected at $2.6 billion through June 2011.
     
The "early savings" bill cuts spending across many state agencies, eliminating about 175 full time jobs.
     
The biggest savings are in the Department of Social and Health Services. The agency's roughly $22 million in cuts includes 115 fewer jobs, and shorter stays for people getting subsidized care in nursing homes.

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