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Tag: Gov. Chris Gregoire


State human resources director Eva Santos dies at 56 of cancer

Washington state human resources director Eva Santos died early Tuesday after her latest battle with breast cancer. Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office confirmed late in the day that Santos, 56, had passed away.

Gregoire herself is a breast cancer survivor and her office released this statement from the governor:

“Eva was one of a kind and was one of the finest people with whom I’ve ever had the chance to work. She was a rare blend of fun and seriousness, able to bring clarity and levity to any situation at the same time. She served on my cabinet for the past eight years and was a bright spark in every cabinet meeting and in every interaction. Everyone who worked with her knew her integrity, her skill, and her passion for service.
“We have lost a great leader and I have lost a cherished friend. My heart is heavy and her family and friends are in my thoughts.”

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Gregoire says she wants to see college tuition actually cut – eventually

Gov. Chris Gregoire has a few misgivings about what state policy makers had to do as they worked through the Great Recession over the past four years, and tuition policy is one apparent regret. The two-term governor told The Olympian’s editorial board Tuesday that she would like to see tuition reduced in the future, reversing what has been a galloping growth in students’ share of costs for higher education – now hitting 70 percent of the cost of education at four-year universities.

That is double what tuition’s share was in 2000.

Gregoire, a Democrat, did not specify how low she wants tuition to drop, and her top spokesman Cory Curtis later said there was nothing specific in the works in terms of a proposal for her successor, Gov.-elect Jay Inslee. “I think it’s still a question, coming out of the recession, what can the budget handle. This may not be the time to handle that,” Curtis said.

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