Environment & Energy

Environmentalists fight deep cuts to state budget

Along with every other interest group, environmentalists hope the programs they’ve fought for won’t be gutted as the Legislature again tries to fix a huge deficit.

Still, lobbyists and legislators say there might be a few modest victories and if nothing else, the chance to keep issues in the public eye during the session that opened Monday.

 Washington has had to close a $12 billion shortfall over the past three years, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has reluctantly proposed “devastating reductions” to fix the state’s additional $4.6 billion deficit.