Gov. Chris Gregoire Tuesday signed Washington’s supplemental budget, which used a mix of tax hikes and program cuts to close a $2.8 billion deficit.

“This budget is a fair mix of cuts and revenue that ensures our most vulnerable receive the services they need, our young learners get the education required to be successful and productive, and our communities remain safe and protected,” the Democratic governor said. “Despite our difficult economic times, we managed to protect many core services that Washingtonians value, and at the same time reduce and streamline state government.”

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