In an effort to stave off a 1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Gregoire wants to implement a "temporary" sales tax to bring in 830 million to offset the defecit.

Gregoire says the tax would be temporary, and expire in 2015.   She claims it is necessary to avoid cuts to prevent such measures as shortening the school year for public schoolchildren.  The specific amount of the increase was not specified, nor to what products it would or would not include.   Given the economic state of WA, not to mention the United States, is such a step really necessary?