Government and Politics
5:59 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Timeline: Governor Chris Gregoire

2005

Jan. 12 - Inaugurated over Republican objections
May 17 - Signs 2-year, $26B budget, includes tax hikes on liquor and cigarettes
June 6 - Chelan County Judge Upholds Gregoire Victory – 133 votes

2006

Feb. 15 - State Revenue Forecaster warns housing market showing signs of a correction
Feb. 16 - Signs landmark Columbia River water deal to protect fish and farms

2007

Feb. 7 - Signs executive order setting goal of 1990 level greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
May 16 - Signs $33B two-year budget, includes constitutionally protected rainy day fund

2008

April 7 - Launches re-election bid
Dec. 18 - Proposes all cuts budget dubbed “nightmare before Christmas” by social services lobbyist

2009

Jan. 14 - Inaugurated for a second term
Feb. 19 - Shortfall balloons to $8B, ¼ of operating budget
Sep. 29 - Softens stance on raising taxes

2010

Feb. 17 - Proposes candy, gum, soda taxes to help close $3B shortfall
Sep. 16 - Orders 6 percent cuts, warns layoffs likely

2011

June 15 - Signs two-year budget, education cut by nearly $2B
Nov. 21 - Proposes half-cent sales tax increase to “buy back” some cuts

2012

Feb. 13 - Signs same-sex marriage law
May 2 - Calls for new dedicated revenue for schools

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