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Fri., June 27, 2003, 4:01 p.m.

Governor signs budget into law…

Gov. Gary Locke on Thursday signed the state's controversial two-year, $23 billion budget into law. He used his veto pen to restore about $20 million in spending that lawmakers had wanted to cut.
Among the saves:
-About $20 million in administrative cuts to state agencies, including things like equipment and travel,
-and a $3 million cut that would have axed state agency "legislative liaisons," who act as information go-betweens between the statehouse and their agencies. Many lawmakers refer to these positions as "agency lobbyists."
The budget takes effect July 1.

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