gregoire Implies She Has No Responsibility

A so-called rainy day fund might be a good idea. However, governor gregoire should not be pretending that she does not have a role in overspending:

“We’re got to have a savings account

,” shielded from easy spending by lawmakers or vulnerable to the initiative process, the governor said at a news conference last week.

The democratic team of gregoire and legislature seemed perfectly comfortable dramatically raising state spending levels during the last legislative session.

If she were serious about “enforcing discipline” and smoothing out peaks and valleys she would have worked with the legislature to minimize increases in spending

, if not reducing them. If needed to enforce fiscal discipline she certainly could have wielded her veto authority.

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