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state of State: ‘Not slowing down’, Gregoire says

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire says she's not slowing down in the last year of her administration, and warned the Legislature not to either.

Instead, she borrowed a term from auto racing, that they should "win in the turns" by speeding up when other states are slowing down because of the recession.

"Here in our Washington we turn crisis into opportunity. . . We step up . . . We don't say my way or the highway. We say let's work together to solve our problems."

She called for a "better, faster, cheaper government."

She cited the many innovative companies in the state, from Boeing and Microsoft to new strains of wheat and other ag products that make "Eastern Washington is called the Refrigerator of the World." (Apparently no one mentioned there's not that much snow this year.)

Winning in the turns means being bold enough to step on the gas when other people are slowing down, she said. Previous turns included the Boeing recession in the 1970s and the last major recession in the early 1980s.

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