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Lawmaker Salaries Surviving Washington Budget Cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers are not including their own salaries in widespread budget cuts that are poised to slash pay for state workers.

Several proposals that would have led to lower salaries for top state officials have stalled. Republican Sen. Joe Zarelli sponsored a constitutional amendment to address the issue. He now says the proposal has become lost amid broader battles over a budget shortfall amounting to $5 billion.

Gov. Chris Gregoire had requested last year a pay reduction for herself and other elected officials. To do so, the Legislature first needs to pass a change to the state constitution that would
allow the Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials to make the alteration.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have given tentative approval to a 3 percent salary cut for state workers.

      
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