Governor unveils budget that would cut $4 billion

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By Andrew Garber
Seattle Times Olympia bureau

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire had four words to summarize the state spending plan she proposed Wednesday that would dump programs for the poor, slash education, close prisons and reduce ferry runs.

“I hate my budget,” she said, her voice shaking with emotion.

“I hate it because in some places I don’t even think it’s moral,” she said. “Who’d have ever thought that I would be doing this.”

Just four years ago, when the economy was booming, Gregoire unveiled a proposed budget that poured billions into health care, education, state parks and more. “I love my budget,” she said at the time.

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