Governor says budget looks good, for now

Governor says budget looks good, for now

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Governor says budget looks good, for now

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 4 at 4:45 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Wednesday morning's vote by the U.S. Senate likely means lawmakers in Olympia can relax, for a little while at least.

Gov. Chris Gregoire called the vote good news.

"I don't anticipate the need for a special session or across-the-board cuts at this point," said Gregoire.

I asked what she meant by "at this point." She said while the expected federal money (it's still not a final deal yet) should cover the state through the end of the year, she said next month's budget forecast could create new problems. In other words, if that news is bad, the special session discussion could start up again.

The governor said no matter what, the state is still in a budget crisis. She's still looking for ideas to change the way the state does business. She listed closing state facilities and privatizing the ferries as possible solutions.

The governor also mentioned she does not like the idea of privatizing liquor sales. She said that would be a money loser for the state.

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