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Talk of the ‘L’ word (layoffs) headed into tough budget season

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on Nov. 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
November 24, 2008 1:35 pm

From Richard Roesler’s ‘Eye On Olympia‘ blog:

As Olympia struggles to bridge a record budget shortfall of $5.1 billion – or more – over the next 2 1/2 years, lawmakers and budget officials say that cutting jobs looks more likely.

“It’s difficult to imagine that we’d be able to balance the budget without there being some reduction in the size of the work force,” said Glenn Kuper, spokesman for the state budget office. Retirements and attrition, he said, aren’t likely to be enough.

“I would say it’s very likely,” state Sen. Margarita Prentice, when asked about layoffs. The Renton Democrat leads the Senate’s budget-writing committee.

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