Washington House passes supplemental budget
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington House has passed a supplemental budget plan as lawmakers prepare to wrap up an overtime special session.
The budget passed on a 78-17 bipartisan vote Tuesday and now heads to Senate, which was expected to take a final vote soon. The measure would increase spending in the two-year budget adopted in 2015 by $191 million.
The agreement includes $28 million for safety improvements and other aid at the state’s mental health hospitals, $7 million for recruiting new public school teachers and retaining existing ones and would also spend $190 million from the state’s emergency fund to address damage from the last round of wildfires.