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Gregoire’s optimism met with caution

OLYMPIA – Amid the tension of a state budget some $4.6 billion out of whack and proposals to cut programs for some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried to sound upbeat Tuesday with a promise Washington would come out of the recession stronger if everyone can just “be bold.” “We will rebound and we will provide a brighter future for our children,” Gregoire told the Legislature in her annual State of the State speech.

Gregoire calls for bold approach to financial crisis

OLYMPIA – Amid the tension of a state budget some $4.6 billion out of whack and proposals to cut programs for some of the state’s poorest and most vulnerable, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried to sound upbeat Tuesday with a promise Washington would come out of the recession stronger if everyone can just “be bold.”

Washington has hefty agenda, but financial concerns top list

Washington’s Legislature starts Monday with a single-mindedness even some of its most senior members have never seen. Across party lines, and between the chambers, among freshmen and veterans, few will dispute the 105-day session’s top priority.

Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some of the “safety net” for the poor. Her proposed 2011-’13 budget, the starting point for discussions that will dominate next year’s legislative session, calls for what she described as “devastating” reductions.