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Wash. governor launches website seeking budget ideas

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire wants state residents to sound off online with ideas on the state budget.

Gregoire announced Monday the launch of a website that allows people to suggest, comment and vote on budget ideas. The most popular ideas will be considered by the state’s budget writers.

The website comes the same day Gregoire’s budget staff started holding a series of hearings around the state to talk about the upcoming 2011-13 budget, which is already estimated to be short by at least $3 billion.