Spin Control

Gregoire campaign swing hits Spokane

Gov. Chris Gregoire's campaign bus trip through the state made a stop in Spokane Wednesday morning, where she added a few local items to the standard "four more years" stump speech.

Under criticism from Dino Rossi and the state Republicans for increased spending and higher taxes, Gregoire responded with the state's low unemployment figures and high ratings from a pair of national magazines for being a good place to do business.

Some of that state spending had gone to projects near her campaign stop on Washington State University's Spokane campus, she told a crowd of more than 200. Med school students are working out of new program on campus and a nursing center is under construction, she said. The state is building a new veterans cemetery on the West Plains, she added.

"We invested in the community colleges for our technicians and assistants, to make sure they have a career ladder. We have renovated the downtown, the Fox Theater, and that building is putting people back to work," she said.

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