Republicans propose 1-month budget as emergency option

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The Washington Capitol in Olympia (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Senate Republicans have released a plan that would enable the state to keep running an extra month in case lawmakers are unable to pass a new two-year budget by the end of the current fiscal cycle early next week.

The plan put forth Thursday by Sen. Andy Hill, Republicans’ key budget writer in that chamber, would fund government at the current level through the month of July.

The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate have been locked in budget negotiations that have driven them into a second overtime legislative session. If they haven’t passed a budget by midnight Saturday, the governor is certain to call them back for a third special session to finish work on a two-year operating budget that is expected to be about $38 billion

A new two-year budget must be signed into law by midnight June 30 or else dozens of state agencies and other offices would completely or partially close and more than 26,000 workers would be furloughed.

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    • tootietuttle

      it wouldn’t matter to guys like marko liias…he has “unethical income” from other sources including the mayor of mukilteo to fall back on. These guys make it rough for the rest of us and feast on the government moneytrough.

  • Klondiko

    How did these impotent “legislators” get elected in the first place? They were elected by people who are too lazy or too cheap to buy a stamp and vote.

    • Magnus

      The article says proposed. It’s not official yet. I don’t know if State parks would be impacted, I would suspect so.

  • Cheryl

    Wow a third session? No wonder there is no money for what is needed. We need better leadership. I am getting so disgusted with this mess. Seems to repeat every year.

  • It's her body

    Why are you tards so upset about the goons you elected? More power to them! I hope they shut down all the unnecessary state jobs for good. Start cleaning house!


    But dont cha know there pay raise of 10-11 %got passed but the piss ant 3% that the states workforce is asking for spreed out even .do ya think that passes hell no and now of corse who would have guessed a 3 rd lining of their pockets oh I meant session as far as special I don’t know they seem to forget this is an election year we need to change this people

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