Gov. Chris Gregoire today issued the following statement on the end of the special session:
"Facing a $2 billion deficit, state lawmakers had a formidable challenge heading into this special session. The Legislature has been working in a bipartisan fashion to approve a package that provides a down payment toward closing our budget hole. For that, I thank them.
"I'm also pleased that the Legislature approved three of my aerospace related bills to ensure this important industry and others continue to have the trained workforce necessary to expand and create jobs in Washington state.
"I also thank them for sending the memorial to Congress encouraging passage of the Main Street Fairness Act to ensure sales tax equity.
"With that said, this is not the time to rest. I am well aware of the difficult decisions required to solve this budget crisis, and the amount of work still ahead. I urge lawmakers to continue negotiations and discussions to ensure a full budget is passed early in the regular session."