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Some Question Governor's New Budget

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Local groups are reacting to Washington Governor Christine Gregoire's budget proposal.

Education funding is at the forefront, but it's different causes that are speaking out.

The nearly $30 billion proposal dips into the state's budget reserves, and now it's getting mixed reviews.

The Washington Health Care Association says it doesn't adequately address Medicaid funding in the state, and the Washington Food Coalition feels the same way.

They say food banks will get only a fraction of their needed funding.

One group that is happy though is the Department of Corrections.

They say the budget will allow them to start a new inmate auto training program at Coyote Ridge in Connell.

The proposal would also fund 256 more beds at the new facility at Coyote Ridge.

The program is designed at helping inmates get a job once they're released so they don't come back through what the Governor calls a "revolving prison door."

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