WA Taxpayers Asked to Sound Off on State Budget

According to Brown, the meetings are part of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s plan to examine every state service and decide whether it’s essential, whether it’s being delivered cost-effectively and if it is getting the desired results.

Brown says these comments can influence what could be on the chopping block.

"We’re going to have to end some services before this next budget is passed, so there are going to be fewer things that state government does. We need their guidance on what those things should be."

The governor’s office is also adding a page to its website starting today for people to post their own comments.

Tonight’s meeting is at 7 p.m. in Phillip Hall on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, 1900 Commerce St., Tacoma. On Wednesday night, a hearing will be held at Everett Community College, Everett. Hearings are also scheduled the following week in Vancouver (July 27) and Spokane (July 29).