In December, as regular readers of this blog likely know, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed leaving $1.2 billion in state savings this year to help stave off major budget cuts in future lean years.
After a bleak revenue forecast and months of hearings, House and Senate budget writers have instead proposed leaving $750 million in savings. It's still a lot of money, they note.
Not enough, Gregoire said Monday. She called $750 million "simply unacceptable."
So what's acceptable, reporters asked.
Gregoire said she's told lawmakers where that number should be.
So…where should it be?
"I'm not negotiating publicly," the governor said.