Gregoire never supported school bus cuts, gov's office says

Gregoire never supported school bus cuts, gov's office says
A school bus waits to pick up students Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial idea to cut school bus transportation in Washington state to help close a $2 billion budget gap was actually never supported by Gov. Christine Gregoire, according to the governor's office.

Last week multiple news outlets reported that Gov. Gregoire was looking at cutting school buses as part of a larger package to put a dent in the budget shortfall.

Included in KOMO's coverage was an Associated Press story: School buses may be next victim of state budget ax

The story garnered a lot of response from the community - and on the KOMO News comment boards - and the governor's office contacted us on Tuesday to clarify the governor's stance.

According to Scott Whiteaker, Communications Officer for the Office of the Governor, a long list of possible cuts was sent to the governor for review and from that list she selected what she felt could be trimmed from the budget.

Whiteaker said while school bus cuts were on that original list, they did not make the governor's final cut. He said she opposes the idea of cutting school bus transportation.

The entire list of proposed cuts that were sent to the governor is available online at the link below. Only the items with a star (*) beside them are the ones that the governor selected for consideration.