The 6.3 percent across-the-board cuts to state government go into effect on Friday, so we’re starting to get information on where agencies will make those cuts. Today’s news comes from DSHS, the largest state agency. In a news release, the agency said it will cut 380 full time equivalent positions. DSHS already employs 2,000 fewer people than in 2008.
In addition to those cuts, DSHS will implement temporary layoffs, sending workers home one day per month without pay. Workers who are already subject to the 10 temporary layoffs (or furloughs) under last year’s budget cuts will take two additional furloughs for a total of 12.
As for other cuts? “Major reductions in state spending will come in long-term care services ($40 million), Disability Lifeline ($6.1 million), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for non-citizens ($7.2 million), Children’s Administration ($19.3 million) and Mental Health ($25.6 million).” There’s no word on precisely what those cuts will mean.
DSHS Secretary Susan Dreyfus said in the release that the cuts were difficult and “the rigidity of the way our budget is structured limited many of our choices,” she said, adding that this isn’t just a reduction, it’s the beginning of a reset.
For more information, visit the DSHS budget site here.