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Republican Rob McKenna tries to backpedal after embracing $74 million in cuts to education

Republican Rob McKenna held a press conference this afternoon to announce his "New Direction for the State Budget," a press conference that falls in the final days of fragile legislative budget negotiations.

"Rob McKenna showed his true colors when he embraced the Republican attempts to slash $74 million from education," commented Jaime Smith, spokesperson for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. "Now he's back-pedaling with a laundry list of not-so-new budget ideas that do nothing to restore funding for education or give legislators a path home. This kind of political hay-making is nothing more than a distraction and proves once again that McKenna has no new ideas to offer voters."

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