Among the major cuts made during Saturday's special sesson:
51 million from universities and colleges, $50 million from K-12 education, $48 million from the Department of Corrections and millions more from social service programs including the Basic Health Plan, a subsidized insurance program for the working poor; and Disability Lifeline, a temporary safety net for people unable to work because of mental or physical disabilities.
All that, and there's still a lot more cutting that will need to be done—both now and in January when the regular session of the legislature convenes.
Advocates for Washingtonians who rely on the state's social safety net are predicting dire consequences. Rebecca Kavoussi, of the Community Health Network of Washington, said of Saturday's cuts:
Will people lose their ability to work? Yes. Will these cuts lead to new, higher costs? Yes. Will people die? Yes.