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WA Lege Day 2: Gregoire to state the state of state

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire will tell a joint session of the Legislature the "state of the state", which chances are she'll say is struggling.

What? You thought she'd say everything was just peachy? You have not been paying attention. She'll likely list many of the things she thinks the state will have to end because it can't afford them any more, with a caveat that if the folks in the chamber have a better idea, she's all ears.

And she'll likely say that tough times are also times of opportunity, and lay out many of the changes she's  unveiled over the last few weeks, like consolidating some state offices and services beefing up education, going after more jobs.

Speech is at noon, and can be watched live on TVW if you have cable, or online right here.

After the speech, Republican leaders will have a press conference to offer their response.

Other than the speech/response, both chambers have a full schedule of hearings. House appropriations committees and the Ways and Means Committee will be getting briefed on Gregoire's proposals for cuts to the final six months of this biennium and for the 2011-13 biennium. Other committees will be looking at everything from pesticides to child product safety.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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