LOS ANGELES -- Washington State legislators have scuttled a 10-year, $1 billion capital proposal by Gov. Booth Gardner that would have entailed raising the state's statutory debt limit, but they exempted certain education programs from the debt cap to allow them to move forward.

Besides the regular biennial capital program, Gov. Gardner had proposed a new 10-year capital plan that would be divided evenly among higher education, schools, housing, and recreation or wildlife land acquisition.

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