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Wash. lawmakers, governor talk gov't reforms

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A key lawmaker says the state should consider privatizing liquor sales, technology services and other functions to help solve a major budget deficit.
     
Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, is chairwoman of the House Ways and Means Committee. She plans to ask her colleagues to support some private-sector outsourcing in the upcoming legislative
session.
     
Democrats are in charge during the 60-day session, which starts next week. Linville and other officials spoke Wednesday at a forum sponsored by The Associated Press.
     
Top Republican lawmakers say they welcome wide-ranging government reform ideas and Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire adds that she was disappointed by a lack of government reforms by the Legislature last year.

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