HEADLINES : Washington
Washington state to cut another 1,266 jobs
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Budget cuts approved by the Legislature last week are expected to result in a cut of 1,266 full-time jobs in Washington state government.
Most of the cuts are a result of privatizing liquor sales and distribution in the state, but some jobs will also be cut from the Department of Social and Health Services.
DSHS, the state's largest general government agency, has shed nearly 17 percent of its workforce since June 2008, The Olympian (http://is.gd/jybdhw) reported.
DSHS spokesman Thomas Shapley says the DSHS cuts, which include about 440 full-time equivalent jobs, have come while demand for agency services continues to grow.
Virtually all of the new cuts are to positions that currently are vacant.
"We have done everything we can . to make the reductions away from the front lines," Shapley said.
The bipartisan supplemental budget passed last week authorized 104,841 state positions, according to estimates released this week by the governor's Office of Financial Management.