No budget deal yet in Washington special session
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers in Washington have not announced a supplemental budget deal six days into the Legislature’s overtime special session.
While budget negotiations have been mostly private, the Senate on Friday made the most recent public offer since each chamber’s original proposals in February.
The new Republican plan, which moved closer to the initial proposal by Democrats, would now use money from the state’s emergency fund to pay for costs of last summer’s wildfires. It also dropped money-saving measures such as merging the pension plans of some firefighters, teachers and law enforcement.
But there are still a number of remaining differences between the Democrat and Republican budget proposals.
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed 27 bills last week because lawmakers didn’t make a budget deal before the 60-day session ended on Thursday.