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Wash. Governor Confirms Need For Special Session

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire acknowledged Wednesday afternoon that a special session of the legislature will be necessary to re-balance the state budget. But Gregoire says she’s still trying to keep the pressure on lawmakers to come to an agreement.

“The minute I say special session, they’ll go to sleep. They’ll stop working. And the public expects more.”

Gregoire says, instead, she’s demanding a budget deal by midnight Thursday night. That’s the end of the 60-day regular session. Then lawmakers could return in special session and, theoretically, pass the budget quickly and go home.

Budget negotiations got much more complicated after Senate Republicans passed their own spending plan Friday night. They were able to seize control of the chamber with the help of three break-away Democrats.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.