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Gov. Chris Gregoire: Special session coming

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm with 5 Comments »
December 6, 2010 3:10 pm

Gov. Chris Gregoire is bringing state lawmakers back to Olympia.

The Democratic governor says there will be a special legislative session this month, weeks before legislators are due back for their regular session, to deal with a growing budget shortfall. Republicans in the Legislature have been calling for this for months, but Democratic legislative leaders have resisted, saying a hurried special session is no way to fix the budget.

The Associated Press has details:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says that a special session to deal with the state’s budget shortfall is inevitable, and that she is giving lawmakers until Thursday to pick the best day to hold it.

Gregoire said Monday that if lawmakers don’t present her with a date on Thursday, she’ll pick a date for them, but says that it will happen before the Christmas holiday.

Gregoire announced the deadline after meeting with Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate Monday afternoon. Gregoire has been in talks with legislative leaders on ideas to patch the current state budget, which covers general spending through June 2011. Gregoire made across-the-board cuts to many programs earlier this year, but the deficit recently grew to more than $1 billion because of slow growth in tax collections.

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  1. dirtydan54 says:

    Well people, bend over and grab your ankles once again.

  2. ransteth says:

    Hey, Chrissy, how do you feel about Pierce County’s Performance Audit Commission’s statement that there was “No Harm” done in fudging the Assessor’s files?

    Are you coming up short yet? lmao

  3. greenriverkate says:

    So let’s make sure NONE of them are paid for doing a job that should have been done in the first place. She was voted BOSS and has failed like a 2 yr old in charge of a play yard. She is outta here and I (sorry) voted for her. Never again!!! If Rossi runs against her, I will not vote for the first time in 44years of voting since I turned 21 (the age back then for voting). This economy is HER job and so are the answers but as she isn’t intelligent enough to look any place except to the poorest of all of us, she should be recalled! What she is pulling is vengful for us not voting in the income tax on the rich and for us telling her we are DONE with taxes on water! She has shown it in so many ways. Now she isn’t even acting with humanity or compassion. Shame on her. Try going after the rich, cut days from you high paid “salary” idiots, try cutting everyone at the tops pay, try cutting where it counts including all monies to colleges. Hell, no one can afford rent, morgage pmts,food, medical, dental so who are you fooling, as they sure can’t afford to go to any college!

  4. greenriverkate says:

    By the way, we will ALL need mental health care by the time you are all out of office!

  5. Sagacious says:

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says that a special session to deal with the state’s budget shortfall is inevitable, and that she is giving lawmakers until Thursday to pick the best day to hold it.
    Gregoire said Monday that if lawmakers don’t present her with a date on Thursday, she’ll pick a date for them, but says that it will happen before the Christmas holiday.

    Would someone care to explain the Gov’s statements? If she calls it, it is a possible 30 day deal and out of her control. If the Legislature calls it, they need a two thirds vote of both houses. (see discussion below from http://blog.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/the-hopper/special-session-some-facts/ )

    “First the ground rules. A special session can be called by either the governor or with a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. Each session can be for a period of up to 30 days, though there is a key difference based on who calls it.
    If the governor calls the session by proclamation (as laid out in Article II, Section 12 of the Wash. State Constitution) there’s no limit as to what could be discussed during the session. But if the Legislature calls for a special session it could limit the discussion and focus of the session to a single issue such as the budget. The governor could lay out guidelines but they wouldn’t be binding.”

    “best day to hold it?” What is she talking about? Where is the leadership? If you want a special session, Gov, call one . . . set a date and call it, that’s pretty simple.

    “Grandstanding,” that’s the word I was looking for. So far this year a special session was needed because the legislature could not complete the budget in the regular 60 day session. Now, with only a little over 30 days until the 2011 legislature opens for business, she thinks that, with two holidays included, she/they can deal with budget shortfalls? I would suggest that perhaps she has already been into the holiday spirits (from a state store, of course).

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