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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Welfare advocates say Gov. Chris Gregoire is making a big mistake by cutting government assistance amid the weak economy.

A group of about 20 activists planned to meet Wednesday with officials from the Gregoire administration. The Democratic governor announced last month that she's cutting about $50 million from WorkFirst, the state's welfare-to-work program.

That includes stricter time limits for welfare recipients, and fewer grants for childcare.

Monica Peabody is with the group POWER  which stands for Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights. She says it doesn't make sense to cut programs that help parents find work
while the economy is sluggish.

Gregoire says the entire government has to shrink to deal with chronically low revenue.
      
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