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Morning update: Day 89

More big protests are scheduled at the Capitol today.

Unions from around the state are planning a rally that could bring 5,000 people to the capitol to protest state budget cuts. The event, which follows the arrest of 17 protesters who tried to storm the governor’s office yesterday, will be the fourth in a series of daily rallies on the Capitol Campus calling on legislators to repeal tax exemptions.

The group is scheduled to rally on the Capitol steps at noon.

Both the House and Senate are scheduled for floor session most of the day, starting around 10 a.m.

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Seventeen arrested in Olympia budget protests; some tried to storm office of Gov. Chris Gregoire

A House of Representatives security guard holds off two women as they try to push past into the House Chambers during the SEIU union's protest.

Seventeen people were arrested after trying to storm the governor’s office in a third day of mounting protests over state budget cuts Thursday.

In a prelude to what unions say will be an even bigger rally today, a protest organized by the Service Employees International Union brought about 500 people to Olympia to call on state lawmakers to end corporate tax exemptions before cutting state services.

Most protesters rallied in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building Thursday afternoon. Several were eventually arrested when they tried to push past Washington State Patrol officers guarding the governor’s office and refused to leave.

Protesters pushed against troopers stationed at the governor’s door shouting “let us in” and “we want the governor.”

“They (legislators) need to listen to us,” said Sharon Kitchel-Perdue a home-care worker from Olympia and one of the protesters arrested.

Sgt. John Sager, one of the troopers on the scene said that some of the protesters had said they wanted to be arrested, and eventually, their actions gave troopers no choice.

“It was getting pretty hairy in here,” Sager said.
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