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Wash. gov to sign new $35 billion state budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire is putting the finishing touches on the recently concluded legislative session.

Tuesday is the last day of the governor's bill-signing period, when Gregoire gives final approval to measures that passed the 2009 Legislature, or vetoes them.

Leading the list of bills for action Tuesday is the state budget, which spends about $35 billion over two years and bridges a roughly $9 billion deficit.

Also on tap is a bill that overhauls the state's basic K-12 education program.

The governor has the power to veto specific sections of bills that pass the Legislature, and she's been lobbied to cancel parts of the budget and education reform bill, among others.

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