In Gov. Chris Gregoire’s supplemental budget, she proposed cuts of around $77 million, according to Sen. Lisa Brown.
In the non-supplemental-budget-cut-proposal unveiled right now (live on tvw.org), there’s about $100 million in savings. So about $20 million difference.
Many of the targets are the same, but this proposal adds cuts to the judicial branch, which submitted cut suggestions of its own, they said.
The reason for the duplication: Brown said that the Governor’s budget cuts can be reversed — she recently un-froze the hiring freeze implemented late in the summer, for example. If it’s a cut made by the Legislature, however, it can’t be overturned as easily.
Plus, this is the first in a multi-step round of cuts, Brown said. First, belt tightening. Then, after the March revenue forecast, maybe another hit to the 2007-2009 budget. And then a 2009-2011 budget.
“We’re going to be moving at ludicrous speed. There’s a quote for all of you,” said Sen. Jim Hargrove.