Washington Lawmakers Wrap Special Session - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Washington Lawmakers Wrap Special Session

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers have approved a bipartisan $590 million deficit-cutting plan, taking a significant bite out of the $1.1 billion budget deficit that runs through June.

They came to the agreement during a deficit-reducing special session Saturday. The Legislature's package cuts state spending, raids off-budget accounts and counts on stepped-up collection of existing taxes. Further spending cuts and other steps identified by Gov. Chris Gregoire could add about $110 million to the deficit-reduction plan.

The rest of the near-term deficit will have to be addressed when Gregoire proposes a supplemental budget.

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