The House and Senate's 245-page supplemental budget bill agreement was signed by most conference committee members this morning. A vote could come tomorrow [Friday]in the Senate.
"I couldn't see signing a report that I wouldn't support and didn't have a lot of input on,’’ Republican Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County said of skipping the signing ceremony. He expects a Senate vote Friday and a House vote perhaps Monday, and Republicans are likely to vote strongly against it.
As I reported, the budget also has 3 percent pay cuts effective April 1 for about 16,200 state employees not represented by unions. Go here for agency details on the $3.422 million in general fund cuts and nearly $8 million in cuts in all funds through June.
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The pay cuts include $133,000 from House and $110,000 from the Senate.
The cuts hit virtually every agency and the bigger reductions are in agencies with larger budgets and fewer unionized staff. These include: $614,000 from the Attorney General’s Office; $385,000 from the Department of Corrections’ operations, $227,000 from Corrections' administrative support and $85,000 from Corrections’ community supervision; $260,000 from the Department of Social and Health Services' economic services division, $215,000 from its support services, $203,000 from children and family services; $169,000 from Employment Security; $147,000 from Department of Health; $144,000 from General Administration.
There also is a $1.7 million cut to DSHS management staffing.
Gov. Chris Gregoire is not in favor of the 3 percent pay cuts, and Rep. Alexander was skeptical that either the early pay cuts or the public-affairs-staff cuts would survive her veto. Gregoire’s staff also has expressed skepticism about making the DSHS management and public-relations cuts that soon.