Gov. Chris Gregoire tonight issued the following statement on the end of the 2012 regular legislative session:
"Tonight's lack of a balanced budget shouldn't shroud the incredible accomplishments achieved during this short legislative session. Washington state became the 7th in the nation to pass a marriage equality bill, we made great strides in education reform, and we took action to improve our state's competiveness in the global aerospace industry.
"With that said, disagreement still remains over how to close our state's budget shortfall after three years of ongoing cuts. Knowing this would be a challenge, I put forth a budget in November and called for the Legislature to come back early to begin what would be a large task. They still have not completed the job, and as a result, I will ask the Legislature to reconvene Monday at 12pm to finish the job they came here to do.
"I have been actively proposing ideas, convening meetings, and bringing leadership together to assure that the job is done as quickly as possible. Knowing the scope of this challenge I continue to stand by ready to help and ask the Legislature not to rest until it finishes the job."