Gregoire warns of massive layoffs if Medicaid funding vanishes

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is warning there could be massive job cuts statewide without federal aid.

Gregoire wants Congress to provide $23 billion in Medicaid funding, and our state is counting on $480 million of it.

Without it, she says thousands of local families won't get medical services, and the state may have to lay off 6,000-12,000 workers

She says if there was a special session and the legislature acted quickly to fill the gap, the state would cut 6,000 jobs, but if the legislature waited until January when it regularly meets, there could be 12,000 job cuts.