Politics & Government

September 29, 2010

DSHS orders 380 job cuts, more furloughs

The Department of Social and Health Services State ordered spending cuts of 6.3 percent today, including elimination of 380 jobs and additional unpaid furloughs for employees by June 30. The cuts align with Gov. Chris Gregoire’s executive order to cut most state agencies’ spending across-the-board by 6.3 percent, and announcements by other agencies are due by Friday, the date the governor’s order takes effect. In the case of DSHS, this means spending cuts of $168 million including nine one-day "temporary layoffs" or unpaid furloughs for workers not subject previously to the temporary layoffs ordered by the Legislature. The cuts also include two more furlough days for workers already subject to 10 furlough days by legislation.

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