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King County budget cuts may hit sheriff, prosecutor’s office

King County Executive Dow Constantine listens as Governor Jay Inslee addresses mental health funding after the two of them toured Navos Mental Health Solutions facility in West Seattle Wednesday July 20, 2016.

Executive Dow Constantine’s proposed budget includes $22 million in cuts that would fall hardest on law enforcement and criminal justice — but won’t hurt response to 911 calls. He and other officials blame a law limiting the annual growth of tax revenue.

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