OLYMPIA, Wash. - Governor Chris Gregoire gave her inaugural address Wednesday as she was sworn in for another 4 years.
The Governor is calling for an overhaul of government as she officially launches her second term. After being sworn in, the Governor said we are perhaps in the worst economic times since the great depression. To help fix the problem, she's introducing a stimulus plan to create jobs called "The Washington Jobs Now Plan."
"It will leave a legacy of roads, of schools and green collared jobs to thrust our state firmly into the 21st century," said Gregoire.
Gregoire says the plan will create tens of thousands of Washington jobs in the next two years. She also wants to spend from the state's jobless benefit trust fund, and get rid of redundant government functions.
Representative Dan Kristensen gave the republican response saying any economic stimulus packages to pass in the legislature should emphasize job growth in the private sector, not more tax dollars being poured into expansion of state government.