In a legislative season that will be marked by budget cuts, Washington Gov. Gary Locke's first budget proposal is a request to spend an extra $5.2 million on school safety. The cuts mandated by the passage of tax-slashing Initiative 695 will come later, Locke said in a press conference Dec. 9.

"We must provide schools that are safe and civil environments," he said. "School safety is a top issue."

The two-year budget the Legislature...

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