The 2017-18 budget for the Washington state Department of Revenue will be slashed by about $300 million, according to a budget document released by the department Wednesday.
The state is also eliminating about $4 million from the state’s general fund to help cover the effects of the wildfires.
In a statement, state Treasurer Bill Stauber said the reductions will allow the department to focus on helping the state remain resilient in the face of climate change.
“As the nation’s premier game publisher, we are committed to continuing to create innovative products that can benefit our communities and our state,” Staubers statement said.
“We are pleased to be able to accelerate the process of transitioning to a new, more resilient model of business, while also ensuring our customers continue to receive great quality games.”
The budget cuts were announced on Wednesday as a result of a legislative deal struck by Democratic Gov.
Jay Inslee and Republican Gov.
Brian Sandoval last year.
The governor’s office says the cuts were the result of state budget negotiations that focused on a plan to save money and cut the state budget by $3.3 billion over the next five years.
The agreement includes a $4.6 billion reduction in state funding for education and programs.
That would leave the state $5.5 billion in need of additional revenue.