OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is knocking down the budget-balancing ideas of her potential successors.
Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna have both said they believe state spending can be stabilized without any new taxes. But the state needs to find $1 billion in savings or cuts to properly balance the budget in the next biennium along with another $1 billion needed to adequately fund education. Gregoire said Thursday that revenue must be considered in order to fully fund education.
Gregoire also downplayed expectations of campaign ideas such as LEAN management, health care efficiencies and strict budget limitations.
Gregoire hasn't proposed any specific taxes but expects to include revenue options in a forthcoming budget proposal - a budget that will ultimately be finalized by the next governor and Legislature.