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Wash. gov open to college tuition surcharge

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire says she's interested in a temporary tuition "surcharge" that could help public universities deal with big budget cuts.

There aren't many details on the plan yet, but Gregoire said Tuesday that she's open to a temporary, extra fee that four-year universities could charge on top of tuition.

Gregoire's proposed budget included 13 percent spending cuts for four-year universities. The cuts were partially offset by a 7 percent tuition increase.

The deficit has since ballooned to $8 billion or more, and college officials are bracing for budget cuts that are even deeper.

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