May 6, 2010

Governor leaves closures intact

Gov. Gregoire today signed the supplemental operating and capital budgets. She did not veto out the closure of Maple Lane School or Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women. The Associated Press reported:
"But Gregoire noted that some 1,500 workers could be laid off because of budget cuts, and the state is closing or downsizing five youth- or adult-corrections facilities for the first time in years.

"Those measures, she said, allowed the Legislature to preserve priorities such as financial aid for college students and the Basic Health Plan for poorer Washingtonians.

"'In these tough times, we have had to prioritize services in state government like we never have done before,' Gregoire said."

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