‘Fiscal Fallout’: State officials worry about budget cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Even once Washington’s economy fully reopens, the effect on state revenues from the coronavirus shutdown is expected to be felt for months and maybe years to come. State officials are preparing now for the inevitable budget cuts. Last week, state agency directors, statewide elected officials and presidents of colleges and universities received a letter from David Schumacher, the head of the Office of Financial Management, asking them to immediately identify areas in their budgets where savings could be found, including delaying the hiring of employees and reducing or delaying the implementation of programs.