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November 8, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Gregoire: Liquor initiative poses 'public safety' risks

Gov. Chris Gregoire expressed heartburn on Tuesday about the two successful initiatives.

On Initiative 1163, which mandates better training for long-term care workers, Gregoire said in a statement:

“It’s critically important that our long-term care workers are among the finest in the field. However, the initiative had no way to fund the training. With our state facing a $2 billion shortfall, paying for this training will require new sources of revenue, or cuts to other essential programs. I’m committed to working with the Legislature to find a solution that meets the intent of voters and protects our seniors and most vulnerable, while protecting our state budget and other valuable services.”

On I-1183, the liquor privatization initiative, which she came out against during the campaign:

“The voters have spoken. I remain concerned about Initiative 1183’s unintended consequences. This initiative expands the sale of liquor, which can present risks to our public safety.  Additionally, we know that Washington has one of the nation’s highest ‘no sales to minors’ compliance rates at 95 percent – compared to the private sector, which has a 76 percent compliance rate. We must closely monitor the implementation of Initiative 1183 and work to avoid any unintended public safety risks.”

On I-1125, the failing anti-tolling initiative, Gregoire cheered:

“I am pleased tonight that I-1125 is failing – and that voters recognized the short-sightedness of this initiative. While we are making incredible progress to replace the vulnerable SR 520 floating bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct, we have more work to do to improve our transportation infrastructure. Had this initiative passed, it would have greatly inhibited our ability to fund significant road improvement projects. Tonight, it appears we will keep that forward momentum and continue to invest in regional solutions to improve traffic, transit and congestion.”

 

 

 

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