Tale of Two Terms: Governing in Good Times and Bad
When Governor Chris Gregoire took office in 2005 with the slimmest of electoral margins, she inherited a budget shortfall of more than $2 billion from ripples of Sept. 11 and the dotcom bust. She quickly rolled up her sleeves to put Washington back on solid financial footing and instituted a rainy-day fund to provide a cushion for the really tough times. She also invested in programs to ensure better futures for citizens across the state.
Four years later, having been elected by a wide margin, Governor Gregoire faced an unprecedented fiscal challenge as the Great Recession swept the country and engulfed Washington. In this book, Governor Gregoire writes about managing state government during this tumultuous period and reveals the challenges she encountered, how she tackled them and the lessons she learned.