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Budget deal reached; ‘Washington will be at work Monday,’ governor says

olympiaOLYMPIA — State lawmakers said Thursday they reached a deal on a 2013-15 state budget.

Political analyst C.R. Douglas said lawmakers announced they reached terms to a deal around 11:15 a.m. Thursday. A final vote on the deal is expected sometime Friday, and a budget would be passed for the governor to sign by 5 p.m Friday.

Gov. Jay Inslee said the state government successfully avoided a shut down through political compromise.

“Lawmakers have reached an agreement on an operating budget for the next biennium,”  Inslee said. “Washington will be at work Monday.”

David Postman, the communications director for the governor, said he was unsure on the final terms of the budget deal. He also said there were still bills — like a transportation bill and sweeping legislation on harsher DUI penalties — that would be dealt with in the remainder of the special session. However, the operating budget took precedent.

“The operating budget was the most important thing until now,” Postman said.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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2 comments

  • J.

    Let me look into my crystal ball. I see more taxes and more social spending and additional spending on programs like "Welcome Washington" for illegal aliens.

  • Finally Fed Up

    The lack of leadership in the Washington State Legislature over the past 15 years is deplorable. To have one regular and two extraordinary sessions and take a budget down to the wire, forcing letters out to selected groups of state workers, contractors, etc. was a horrible waste of money, time and mental toll on constituents, employees and a lot of innocent people. I am hard pressed to figure why any of them should be re/elected. Hand out the poor work slips and then their pink slips. Shameful performance.


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