Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the "early action" supplemental budget bill into law today after back-to-back votes in the Senate and House.
But the Democrat vetoed a handful of sections in Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1086 - including stopping a 3 percent pay cut in April for 16,200 state employees not represented by labor unions. That would have taken effect three months before Gregoire hopes to impose 3 percent reductions in pay and hours worked on 90 percent of the state workforce.
The early pay cut would have saved $3.4 million in the general fund and $8 million in overall state operations. Gregoire said there is too little time to change the state's payroll system and she objected to cuts that, she contended, affect hundreds of employees earning less than $30,000 a year.
Gregoire also said state employees already are sacrificing through unpaid furloughs - the next of which is Tuesday, with more coming in April and May.
Other vetoes are listed in this document and include:
All Republicans present voted against it, saying it was too little and too late. The one House crossover vote was from Democratic Rep. Marko Liias of Mukilteo.
In South Sound, Republican Sens. Randi Becker of Eatonville, Dan Swecker of Rochester and Mike Carrell of Lakewood joined Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County to vote in favor. Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon of Mason County crossed over to join the minority against it.
Go here for a breakdown on how Thurston County-area lawmakers voted on this and other bills this week (courtesy of WashingtonVotes.org). UPDATED to restore link in original Feb. 18 post.)
The compromise bill cuts about $367 million of the $556 million deficit that remained after emergency cuts enacted in a one-day special session in December and across-the-board cuts that Gregoire ordered last fall.
About $200 million remains of what was once a $1.1 billion deficit, and House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, hopes to bridge it using a one-day delay in June payments to public schools ¡V waiting until July 1. Here is a highlights page for the budget deal and here is a longer summary.
Lawmakers also have started work to close a shortfall of $4.6 billion to $5 million in the 2011-13 budget. A March 17 revenue forecast could widen the gap. The 105-day session ends April 24 and the next revenue forecast is June 16.
UPDATED to fix coding, add reference to July 1 pay cuts, and add a reference to the biennial budget.