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How much is enough? It’s a secret…

In December, as regular readers of this blog likely know, Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed leaving $1.2 billion in state savings this year to help stave off major budget cuts in future lean years.

After a bleak revenue forecast and months of hearings, House and Senate budget writers have instead proposed leaving $750 million in savings. It's still a lot of money, they note.

Not enough, Gregoire said Monday. She called $750 million "simply unacceptable."

So what's acceptable, reporters asked.

Gregoire said she's told lawmakers where that number should be.

So…where should it be?

"I'm not negotiating publicly," the governor said.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.