Gregoire hopes for Tues. agreement on budget deal



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire says that she’s in the process of finishing a compromise proposal for lawmakers to consider as part of their budget negotiation, and says that while talks are improving, they are “tenuous.”

Gregoire on Friday declined to say what her proposal looks like, but says that it addresses all of the current contentious issues that are currently in play between both sides, plus one new idea which she also wouldn’t discuss.

She says that if they aren’t able to reach a general agreement by Tuesday, it will be difficult for lawmakers to get everything done by the April 10 end of the 30-day special session.