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Gov. Chris Gregoire hands pens to Sens. Lisa Brown of Spokane and Jeanne Kohl-Wells of Seattle after signing bills that will cancel an increase in unemployment insurance tax rates and increase benefits to people out of work. Among those in the background, left to right, are Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, and House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle.

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