Senate Republicans release budget offer
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Senate Republicans have released their latest supplemental budget proposal as lawmakers start their first full day of an overtime legislative session.
The budget plan was released Friday, hours before a Senate fiscal committee was set to meet. It's not a deal with the majority House Democrats, but instead a latest offer from majority Republicans in the Senate.
The new proposal adds about $178 million to the overall spending level of the two-year, $38 billion operating budget adopted last year. That's an increase from the $34 million that was added under the proposal passed by the Senate earlier this year.
Lawmakers adjourned their regular 60-day session Thursday night and were immediately called back into special session by Gov. Jay Inslee. Inslee vetoed 27 bills Thursday night because of the lack of a budget deal.