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Gregoire says special session will be 'brutal'

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling lawmakers back for what she expects will be a "brutal" special session focused on cutting the budget.

Gregoire said Thursday that she wants the Legislature back in Olympia to start work beginning Nov. 28. The state needs to fill a projected hole of $1.3 billion in the current two-year budget cycle, and Gregoire said she'd like to find $2 billion in savings to leave the state with cash reserves.

The new session comes just months after another special gathering in which lawmakers identified $4.6 billion in projected spending cuts - particularly to education. Gregoire says education is likely to face cuts again. She's already asked each agency to recommend cuts as high as 10 percent.

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