National Governors Conference Begins

July 17, 2004

By April Zepeda


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SEATTLE - With Gary Locke as host, more than 30 of the nation's governors are in Seattle to talk politics for the next two days.

"When the governors get together we are sharing best practices, ideas, informing each other of what has worked, what hasn't worked," said Locke.

They will focus on healthcare and how to take care of the 77 million baby boomers who are approaching age 65.

"Perhaps half of them may go broke in trying to provide long term care for their loved ones and for themselves. Now what kind of future is that for us to be looking for?," asked Governor Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho.

The governors will also tackle issues on homeland security, natural resources and early education.

They are staying at the Westin hotel. That's why the streets around it are filled with hundreds of police officers and state troopers.

The Washington State Patrol spent nearly two years planning this weekends' security.

Those attending the National Governors Conference are expected to pump $2.5 million into the local economy in the coming days.

Well known governors Jeb Bush of Florida and George Pataki of New York are not attending the conference. Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed as a maybe.



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