OLYMPIA, Wash;--The Governor called on legislators to "provide decisive, compassionate leadership" to help us get through one of the hardest chapters in state history.
The primary focus of this session will most likely be the budget shortfall, and rebuilding an economic future in Washington. To that, Governor Gregoire asked legislators to consider a plan for up to $750 million in new revenue, coming from either federal, new taxes or a combination of both.
The Governor said she doesn't want the taxes to harm the state, but needs the money to buy back programs that would likely be cut. Programs like levy equalization, the basic health plan and welfare.
"I don't want taxes to harm the economic recovery of our families or our businesses. But I also cannot abandon my values. I cannot eliminate the safety net for our most needy and cannot cripple our economic future."
Another interesting plan the Governor proposed, in light of the recent police killings, is that any spouse of a fallen officer will receive full retirement benefits, and their children will receive a full college education.