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Gregoire blames Wall Street for state's budget mess (RAT Gov. will cut services for the poor)
KOMO ^ | 10/29/11 | MANUEL VALDES

Posted on 10/30/2011 7:22:31 AM PDT by Libloather

Gregoire blames Wall Street for state's budget mess
By MANUEL VALDES Associated Press
Published: Oct 29, 2011 at 9:31 AM PDT

SEATTLE (AP) - Echoing President Barack Obama, Gov. Chris Gregoire said "this is what Wall Street has done to our state" when she proposed eliminating health insurance for the poor and reducing even further support for education and public safety.

The shift to populous, national rhetoric was a change for the Democrat, as was her seeming willingness to at least consider tax hikes to help the state deal with a $2 billion budget deficit. While Republicans rapped Gregoire for blaming far away stock traders for state woes and mimicking the recent political strategy of the president, the change in tone was welcomed by some of Gregoire's fellow Democrats and liberal allies. They had complained the two-term governor had been too willing to cut spending to help deal with the effects of the Great Recession.

"We have been hoping she would change her tune on revenue," said Molly Firth, public policy director for the Community Health Network of Washington. "She has recognized that voters don't want these devastating cuts...and want a balanced approach."

Lawmakers will return to Olympia late next month for a special legislative session. In her budget proposal released Thursday, Gregoire suggested things like eliminating Basic Health and a medical program for disabled adults to save nearly $160 million. Overall, social services would see cuts of about $815 million. And Gregoire hinted she'd be open to asking for more revenue, noting Olympia has cut about $10 billion in spending in the last three years.

**SNIP*

But Firth says as the cuts keep coming, the situation for social service providers keeps getting bleaker.

(Excerpt) Read more at komonews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; gregoire; wallstreet; washington
RATS bloat it, RATS cut it. Should look good on some billboards.
1 posted on 10/30/2011 7:22:35 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Gregoire can raise taxes. How in the world is Wall Street stopping her?


2 posted on 10/30/2011 7:23:48 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Libloather

“balanced approach” = more taxes.


3 posted on 10/30/2011 7:27:56 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: goldstategop
Gregoire can raise taxes.

And doesn't have a whole to lose doing it.

Washington Governor Gregoire will not run for reelection

4 posted on 10/30/2011 7:28:55 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

Good for nothing, chickensh!t, blameless, freeloading liberal, ugly, snaggletoothed old hag!


5 posted on 10/30/2011 7:29:25 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: goldstategop
Gregoire can raise taxes.

And doesn't have a whole lot to lose doing it.

Washington Governor Gregoire will not run for reelection

6 posted on 10/30/2011 7:29:49 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Libloather

Everybody needs to send her a mirror.


7 posted on 10/30/2011 7:33:31 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

People get the politicians that they elect-—


8 posted on 10/30/2011 7:34:38 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Libloather

Now i see why they increased our sales tax last year.

We needed more money for our beloved illegals.

argh...


9 posted on 10/30/2011 7:37:43 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie

whoops, wrong thread.


10 posted on 10/30/2011 7:38:53 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Libloather

How about they just require proof of citizenship before giving away taxpayer dollars to illegals. We are literally nextg door neighbors to freaking CANADA but the town I grew up in resemble a seedy back alley of Mexcio City. You drive by the welfare office and it looks like a border crossing in Texas or Califoria. Hardly a white face in the crowd.

And every one of the women with at least two kids under 4 y/o in tow.


11 posted on 10/30/2011 7:39:13 AM PDT by Grunthor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw)
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To: Libloather

Has anything actually been cut?


12 posted on 10/30/2011 7:40:59 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

Government has grown plenty during a recession. And for liberal interest groups, its still not big enough yet!


13 posted on 10/30/2011 7:45:36 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: EGPWS

You’re too kind.


14 posted on 10/30/2011 7:49:44 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Pilot: n. The Highest Form Of Life On Earth)
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To: Libloather; Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; ...
WA Ping


Out on the Olympic Peninsula we have a county commissioner who brought his patty cake philosophy here from Berkeley. He says the same thing in speech after speech: "We are suffering an economic crisis that is not our fault. It is happening everywhere, even Europe".

Then he votes to down zone commercial zoning, deny business start ups, take private land for parks, halt timber harvests, limit water use and restrict building permits.


15 posted on 10/30/2011 7:52:13 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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Damn if I know!

16 posted on 10/30/2011 8:00:40 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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Click The Pic

As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible: avoiding occasions of expence by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expence, but by vigorous exertions in time of Peace to discharge the Debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear.

George Washington

17 posted on 10/30/2011 8:04:00 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Libloather

THE BIG GIVEAWAY has become THE BIG GAVEAWAY.


18 posted on 10/30/2011 8:04:31 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Grunthor
And every one of the women with at least two kids under 4 y/o in tow.

Known as "dropping anchor".....
19 posted on 10/30/2011 8:29:29 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Grunthor

Washington State recently changed the misdemeanor statues, cutting the maximum penalty from 365 to 364 days. Why? So it will be less likely for illegal aliens to get deported. The courts cater to the illegal alien criminals flooding our system. We can’t stop the flood of Mexicans coming here at the source, so its time to target employers. Massive fines and jail time for anyone hiring a non-citizen. The Border Patrol is completely ineffective, so we have to stop the flow somewhere else. In a few more years, English speakers will be the minority in freaking Washington State! They are destroying our culture.


20 posted on 10/30/2011 8:34:25 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Baynative

Sounds like Bellingham. A town run by liberal idiots. Our two choices for mayor in the election are two left wing commies who hate business and pander to the extreme enviro-left.


21 posted on 10/30/2011 8:36:05 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: Libloather

In the state of Washington, as in the federal government, what are called “cuts” are cuts to more or less automatic increases. I think this would be plain enough: cuts are lesser increases. The state government has been increasing its spending both in total dollars spent, and relative to the GDP of the state, Accordingly, even with all the cuts, the state government’s budget is continuously in deficit, is projected to be in deficit, and state debt continues to creep up.


22 posted on 10/30/2011 8:42:44 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Grunthor

“We are literally nextg door neighbors to freaking CANADA but the town I grew up in resemble a seedy back alley of Mexcio City.”

Driving south down Highway 97 from Canada, one is struck by the transformation of the Columbia Basin country over the last few decades. Judging by faces and places near Yakima, I would have believed I was in Zacatecas or Sinaloa.

It all happened so fast!


23 posted on 10/30/2011 8:49:38 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Grunthor

Let’s not be “heartless” now!


24 posted on 10/30/2011 9:13:45 AM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: packrat35

...nor mean-spirited.


25 posted on 10/30/2011 9:18:22 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Libloather

Has Queen Christine taken a pay cut yet?


26 posted on 10/30/2011 9:51:56 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Libloather
Gregoire and the rats took FULL credit years ago when the Bush economy was very very strong and tax revenues were great....

no, no credit to Bush or the Pub congress....just took credit for the marvelous job they did instate...

of course, not one penny saved, or expenditures decreased...no...they spent like drunken sailors....

but suddenly, when the rats took over both houses of congress, BOTH houses of congress back in 2006, suddenly the economy became not so great...

and thus here we are....

must be nice to control the media and never take accountability for your actions...

27 posted on 10/30/2011 9:22:02 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Libloather
When Gregoire took office years ago, there was a surplus. It is their reckless spending and all the fraud and waste. Plus catering to the unions that has brought us to these cuts.

I wish the majority of voters weren't so darn stupid.

28 posted on 10/31/2011 12:01:44 AM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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