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Gregoire Says Special Session Could Be Needed

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says that another special legislative session in Washington state is a possibility if Medicaid match money doesn't come through from the federal government.

The House last week eliminated from a spending bill an increased Medicaid match rate that would cost Washington about $480 million already tied to the state's reserves. Majority Democrats banked on that money for the state budget to guard against increased costs or lower-than-expected tax collections.

Gregoire said in a conference call Wednesday that next week's state economic forecast, and the next one in September, will let her know how dire the situation is. She says she's fighting for the match to be added back in, but she says "every day that goes by it becomes a harder uphill battle."

 

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