To Governor Gregoire and the Washington State Legislature:
As a state we have a long history of standing together during good times and bad. As voters we have
overwhelmingly approved measures to invest in the quality of our kids education, provide affordable
healthcare for everyone, and to make sure the most vulnerable among us can live a life of dignity free of unnecessary suffering. We have led the nation in innovative public services and programs that protect clean air and clean water, and attract good paying jobs.
In this deep recession, when the need for these critical services is greater than ever, we must not
abandon that legacy of investing in the core services which we all rely on to maintain our
quality of life and future prosperity. Yet the draconian all cuts budget now under consideration -
- which includes the wholesale elimination of voter-approved programs that assist hundreds of
thousands of our fellow Washington State residents, and which slashes education, health care and
unravels our state's protections for the most vulnerable -- threatens this legacy.
These cuts will undermine our state's ability to compete, and will result in the loss of thousands of
additional jobs at a time when our economy is hurting and too many are already out of work. Please
take a more balanced approach to managing this recession. We urge you to prevent the worst of the
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I signed the budget petition
I signed the Rebuilding Our Economic Future petition to the legislature urging them to prevent further cuts to our state budget.