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Gov. Inslee Asks State Parks to Stay Open Friday
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Inslee has asked state parks to remain open Friday as lawmakers move closer to moving a new state budget.
Originally state park officials said because they need time to prepare the parks for closure, they needed to shutter them a day before a potential partial governm…
Legislative Leaders Say They Are Closing in on Budget Deal
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — With the deadline to avoid a potential government shutdown looming later this week, legislative leaders say that while they are close, they've not yet reached final agreement on a new two-year state operating budget.
The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-led Senate have…
Special Session Begins at the Washington Capitol
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has started a 30-day special session to address the still unresolved two-year state budget that must comply with a state Supreme Court order on education funding.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued the official special session proclamation Monday, a day afte…
Senate Passes $43 Billion State Budget Proposal
OLYMPIA  (AP) — The Senate has passed a $43 billion two-year state budget proposal that relies, in part, on a statewide property tax earmarked for education, while also making cuts to some social services.
The spending plan, which cleared the Senate on a 25-24 vote in the early morning hours of Frida…
Washington House Passes Education Proposal
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved its education funding proposal, but majority Democrats haven't yet decided how to pay for the plan, which has a price tag of more than $7 billion over the next four years.
The bill ultimately passed on a 50-47 party line vote after lawm…
Washington Legislature Convenes Session
OLYMPIA (AP) — The Washington Legislature has convened its 105-day legislative session.
The House and Senate both gaveled into session at noon Monday. Few Capitol watchers expect they'll finish their work without the need of overtime sessions as they wrestle with the final piece of a court…
Outlook Estimates $5 Billion on Education Through 2021
OLYMPIA (AP) — The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council has adopted a new budget outlook that includes an estimate that the state will spend more than $5 billion through 2021 to comply with a court order on education funding.
The outlook was adopted over the objections of Republican lawmakers …

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