Washington Legislature Reaches Agreement “In Principle” On Budget

Washington state lawmakers say they have reached agreement “in principle” on a new two-year operating budget, but won’t release any details.  After budget negotiators met throughout the night, Governor Jay Inslee released a statement about the agreement this morning, saying that legislative leaders were confident they would have a vote on the budget before the end of the day Friday, within hours of a deadline to avert a partial government shutdown.  The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-led Senate have been struggling for months to find compromise on a budget that addresses a state Supreme Court mandate on education funding, and Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler thinks what they have come up will work for students.  The rest of the Legislature wasn’t expected to be briefed on details of the agreement until Thursday, and the public won’t see the information until after that occurs.

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