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Gov. Chris Gregoire tells lawmakers she expects changes

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm with 7 Comments »
January 11, 2011 4:03 pm


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.”

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Island residents did not move there at gunpoint. Let them pay for their trips back and forth. The highway can be maintained by the state, the ferry ride can be handled by the travelers.

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The most significant change that would benefit Washington’s residents would be to take the control of government from the “socialist democrats”!!!

  3. I’m having a hard time believing anything she says anymore.
    I can only get lied to so many times.

  4. C’mon people support your Queen. How about another tabacco lawsuit.

  5. LeavingSoon says:

    The threat of cuts have had a great side-effect at state agencies. Workers are actually trying to look busy and worth keeping around. More are showing up to work on time and even staying all day long. There are about 1/2 the butts around the parking lot as there normally is too.

    The downside is having to listen to the mournful “Save our jobs, save our jobs, Oh Democrats almighty, save our jobs” being sung hour upon hour.

  6. jerryburr says:

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  7. Mayorsteil says:

    Interesting read…..let’s see….in more than 100 years the state budget finally reached @$25B…then in short order it grew to @$34B with no funding stream or expectation of funding this massive budget…..the recession has hurt but the budget shortfall was billions before the downturn…..let the pain begin brought to you by those who dug the hole….the next four months will be likley smoke and mirrors with fund transfers that give the impression all is good.

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