Budget deal expected as talks continue over final details

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

OLYMPIA — A day after Gov. Jay Inslee said a long-awaited budget deal was “imminent,” state legislative leaders still hadn’t finalized an agreement Tuesday.

“We have a broad conceptual agreement, but we need to get these details right and work through those issues,” Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said late Tuesday afternoon.  “Everybody’s working in a very cooperative manner, so I expect that to continue and for us to be able to finish up here shortly.”

Tom said it was important to make sure everything was thoroughly worked out.  “When we shake, there’s no going back,” he said.

Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, chairman of the House Revenue Committee, also expressed a desire to make sure all the details are worked out when he spoke on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re a large state with a lot of investment in education, other programs,” Carlyle said. “We have to do a lot of paper work as well.  So, we’re hoping to get a handshake.  It’s imminent, as the governor said, but we’re not quite there.”

But many, including legislators, remain frustrated a deal still hasn’t been reached.

“We should have been done by June 1,” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. “We should have a rule moving forward that we get done by June 1.  Period.”

For Frockt, taking budget negotiations all the way to final days of the fiscal year unnecessarily runs the risk of a government shutdown, which would affect thousands of state workers, state services, and state open spaces.

“People start to feel it,” Frockt said. “They go to their state park and it’s closed and they want to go camping for the Fourth of July weekend, that is going to crystalize in people’s minds that these are services that your state is providing and that we’re not getting the work done. That doesn’t help anybody.”

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, there was still no formal handshake on a budget deal. However, all leaders continue to make it clear that a shutdown won’t occur next week.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

  • Phillip

    Thank you for any other excellent post. The place else may anybody get that type of info

    in such an ideal approach of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am on the

    look for such information.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.