Chris Gregoire will tell lawmakers today what she wants them to tackle in her final legislative session (or at least, final regular session) as governor.
In her annual State of the State address, Gregoire will give details on what kind of new tax or fee revenue the Legislature should pursue for transportation needs. A task force she convened called for $21 billion in projects.
We know much of the rest of the content of her speech, because Gregoire has already unveiled an ambitious legislative agenda:
- her proposed budget
- a half-cent sales tax increase to offset some of the cuts
- legal recognition of gay marriage
- changes to how teacher evaluations can be used
- proposals to streamline tax collections, eliminate the liquor board and look into privatizing the lottery.
Stay tuned for Gregoire’s 10 a.m. speech and the Republican response.
Today lawmakers will also hear briefings and testimony on proposed budgets and will get another briefing on the Tacoma-based Puget Sound Partnership.