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Wash. lawmakers move for early savings

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Legislature is moving ahead with some early steps to save money as lawmakers continue grappling with a $2.6 billion budget deficit.
     
On Friday, the state House approved a bill that would trim about $47 million from state spending. It reinforces some cost-cutting actions that Gov. Chris Gregoire started taking before the legislative session started.
     
The savings bill passed on a vote of 77-19 and now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
     
Senators are also planning to debate some savings measures on Friday, including a bill that directs agencies to trim about $70 million in payroll costs through furloughs and other steps.

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