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Fri January 14, 2011
Ferry Funding Crisis

Governor's Puget Sound ferry authority proposal a no-go in legislature

Photo by SaCaSea / Flickr

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are rejecting Governor Gregoire's proposal to fix the state ferry system's chronic deficit by making it into an independent taxing district. 

At a House Transportation Committee hearing yesterday, lawmakers nixed the idea, saying they don't think it has the votes to pass.  And as John Stang of the Kitsap Sun reports, the Chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee says she won't even give the proposal a hearing

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Thu January 13, 2011


Wed January 12, 2011
State Government

Gregoire urges lawmakers to bust status quo

Ted S. Warren / AP

State lawmakers must embrace change and "be bold." That was Governor Chris Gregoire's chief message Tuesday in her State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature. 

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Tue January 11, 2011
State Budget Crisis

Can you balance the state budget? Give it a try.

courtesy League of Education Voters

What would you do if you faced the tough choices state lawmakers are up against as they attempt to balance the budget?  You can give it a try yourself with a new online tool created by the League of Education Voters. 

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Thu January 6, 2011
State Ferries

Gregoire: Counties should take over state ferries

Laura Refield / N3

It’s sink or swim time for Washington state ferries. That’s the message from Governor Chris Gregoire. The nation’s largest ferry system is under water financially. 

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Thu December 23, 2010
Government Reform

Lawsuit payouts spiking as state budget crumbles

John Froschauer / AP

The amount of money the state pays out in lawsuits has doubled in the last four years to more than $50 million dollars a year. This spike in legal costs comes as Washington reduces funding for education, healthcare and other state services. But cutting Washington’s legal bills is no easy task.

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Thu December 16, 2010
State Budget Crisis

Advocates rail against proposed budget cuts

Ted S Warren / AP

A hue and cry has erupted in response to Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s proposal to slash billions more in anticipated state spending. The Democrat Wednesday unveiled her plan to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall.

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Thu December 16, 2010
News Roundup

Thursday morning's headlines

Michael Lane / Openphoto.net

The governor "hates" her own budget plan, education leaders don't like it either, and Tacoma prepares for potential closure of landmark museum, and a  tree 'grows' in White Center.

Gregoire "Hates" Her Budget

The governor laid out her plans to cut $4 billion and balance the state budget, then told reporters she "hates" what she's had to do.

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Thu December 16, 2010
State Budget Crisis

Gregoire's budget cuts $4.6 billion, ends funding for state parks and Basic Health


Ten-dollar gate fees at state parks and 100,000 more Washingtonians without health insurance. Those are just two examples of how Governor Christine Gregoire proposes to close a $4.6 billion budget shortfall with her budget released Wednesday.

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Wed December 15, 2010
State Budget Crisis

Huge cuts in Gregoire's budget proposal

Ted S Warren / AP Photo

Gov. Chris Gregoire has unveiled a two-year budget plan that uses a mix of cuts to state programs, suspension of voter initiatives and use of the state's "rainy day" reserve to patch a projected $4.6 billion deficit.

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