Posts tagged: Day 2
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire's take on “the state” of Washington state, with the latest excerpt on top of older excerpts:
Make no mistake, I expect you to make the changes that will benefit the state for today and the next 80 years.
Last year, this Legislature came together and passed a supplemental budget in one day….That was a great start. Let's finish what we started and let's finish it together.
We are down, but we are not out by any means… We're ready to do the tough work…We will be bold and we will lead us to a better tomorrow for the great state of Washington.
I know change is hard, particularly here in Olympia. It's easier to hear why change won't work, rather than why it will.
Our voters are out ahead of us…our voters sent us here, to get things done and be bold.
We can set a path for success in our state. There are those who say we cannot provide real change. This year, let's prove the cynics and the skeptics wrong.
Let's put government on a 21st Century path.
Our ferry system, the largest in the nation, is in financial crisis…we must find a better way. I'm asking you to create a regional ferry district, run by an elected board of directors.
We need to encourage every student to 'Complete to compete — complete an AA, a bachelor's or a graduate degree so that they can compete for the jobs of tomorrow.
We need tuition flexibility at our colleges and universities….Educating our students is theri future: a world-class education system is our state's future.
Jobs are the way out of the recession, particularly in one of the hardest hit areas, the construction sector.
Education is the key to the jobs of tomorrow. Today we have eight education agencies with 14 plans…I propose we enact legsialtion creating one agency, the Department of Education.
We must do everything we can to stimulate the economy and put Washington state back to work
I propose cultting the unemployment insurance and workers compensation rates by more than $1 billion to help businesses and our unemployed back to work.
I'm asking you to get a bill to my desk by Feb. 8.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire and other state elected officials are being called to the House chambers for the joint session.
Suprem Court justices are being escored in.
Once Gregoire begins her speech, Spin Control will run a “continuous” blog post, putting the most recent item on top of the previous items.
OLYMPIA — Members of the Senate are enterring the House chamber for the joint session of the Legislature to hear Gov. Chris Gregoire's State of the State address.
Applause all around. This is probably the friendliest the two chambers will be for the next 104 days.
Bagpipes are playing in the background as the roll is being called.
We'll be blogging the speech and the scene here on Sin Control for the next hour or so