PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says the ballooning state deficit will lead to spending cuts that are "truly ugly."
Gregoire and other leaders learned last week that the budget deficit through mid-2011 is about $5.1 billion. That includes a shortfall of about $500 million in the current budget, which lasts through June.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that, on Friday, Gregoire said almost everything is on the table for spending cuts. She's unveiling a budget plan next month, and says: "I will come up with something that will look truly ugly, truly ugly."
Gregoire's pledged not to raise taxes, saying that's the wrong step in an economic downturn.