Washington lawmakers race the clock to pass a new budget
Washington lawmakers are preparing to be briefed on details of a bipartisan compromise on a two-year state operating budget as staffers race to finish the lengthy bill.
Legislative leaders had initially said that the budget and other related documents would be posted publicly noon Thursday, but later had to amend that, saying they won’t be available until Thursday night. Democratic Rep. June Robinson, who has been part of the budget negotiations, said that staffers are trying to get the complicated bill done as quickly as possible in time for a vote Friday.
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. They are in the midst of a third overtime session, and if a new budget isn’t signed into law by midnight Friday, a partial shutdown starts Saturday.