Wash. governor to outline priorities in address

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is set to present her agenda for the Washington state legislative session with her State of the State address.

Gregoire will give the speech at noon Tuesday before a joint session of the House and Senate. Afterward, she will present her proposed budget plan to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

During the 60-day session that began Monday, lawmakers are tasked with patching a $2.6 billion budget deficit.

Gregoire is expected to present a list of programs that she’d “buy back” from the hypothetical all-cuts budget, but the details of how to pay for those programs could largely be left to the Legislature.