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Gov. Gregoire hopeful WA will get $435M from feds

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire says the White House is pushing for Washington state to get an additional $435 million through President Barack Obama's budget.
     
Gregoire says the money will be tied to Medicaid, which is jointly bankrolled by the state and federal governments. Congress still needs to approve the money. But Gregoire says she's fairly confident that it will be delivered.
     
The Democratic governor plans to use Medicaid money to reduce the size of a tax package she's working on to help fill the state's $2.6 billion budget deficit.
     
Overall, Gregoire's proposed budget would cut about $1 billion in state spending, while rescuing about $780 million in government programs. The rest would be made up with short-term fixes.

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State and local government workers submitted an update to the federal government this past weekend to track stimulus spending.

The federal government reported Friday that about 600,000 jobs have been saved or created under President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.
     
Last week the state was awarded $590 million for projects related to high-speed rail, pushing the total amount the state is set to receive to more than $8 billion.
     
Gov. Chris Gregoire says about 45,000 jobs have been retained or created since the stimulus money first started being released early last year. About 14,000 of those have come since October.

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