Giving her State of the State address, Gregoire outlined her proposals for government reforms and reorganizations and told lawmakers she wants action on them.
“Make no mistake: I expect you to have the courage to make changes that will benefit the state today and for the next 80 years.”
Her pitch to shift state ferries to local funding went over like a lead balloon at the Legislature, and she tacitly acknowledged that, but said if lawmakers don’t like it, they should come up with something else to pay for a ferry system in “financial crisis.”
“You may not agree with my solution, but I will tell you one thing, we cannot leave here without a solution, those people deserve it,” she said.
More generally, she said of her proposals:
“I know change is hard, especially here in Olympia where too many have become deeply invested in the status quo. That’s why it’s easier to hear why change won’t work instead of why it will. But I think voters are out ahead in understanding the need for change.”