It’s Overtime in Olympia – At Taxpayers Expense
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a special session in Olympia so that lawmakers can complete their work on a new two-year budget.
After a 105-day regular legislative session, the Legislature adjourned Sunday evening without coming to an agreement on a new budget.
Inslee immediately called them back to work on May 13.
Lawmakers are tasked with patching a projected budget deficit of more than $1.2 billion for the next two-year budget, not counting additional money needed for a court-ordered requirement that they increase funding to basic education.
The Senate has proposed to balance spending without taxes while the House is seeking roughly $1 billion in new revenue. Chris Cargill, with the Washington Policy Center in Olympia says "both sides are a billion dollars apart, and it may take two special sessions for lawmakers to get a two year budget done." A special session cost taxpayers $16,000 per day that lawmakers are in Olympia.