During the editorial board’s visit with Republican leadership last week, Sen. Joseph Zarelli mentioned several times that Gov. Chris Gregoire had put the Legislature in a bind because she negotiated new contracts with state workers after lawmakers adjourned their session last year. His charge was news to us – and frankly befuddling since we hadn’t heard anyone previously raise that concern.
Republicans lodged the same complaint yesterday in the Republican response to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s State of the State yesterday. Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee, said:
It was premature for the Governor to renegotiate labor agreements following the