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The $43.7 billion budget didn’t become public until early Friday and received no public hearing before lawmakers voted.
The increase will raise $7.3 billion.
The GOP has been none too please with Inslee’s negotiations.
One senator called the process “very disheartening.”
The biology requirement would be suspended, while students who fail English and math exams would be provided a pathway to graduation.
Inslee says shutdown would be historic failure by lawmakers.
Will they solve the puzzle in time?
If a budget isn’t signed by the end of July 1, state parks will close, critical social services will stop, and thousands of workers will be laid off.
A proposed compromise would provide a way for students who fail the English and math assessments to graduate.
The Hirst decision was embraced by environmentalists and tribal leaders. Now lawmakers must figure out how to adhere to it.
The legislature established the program in 2017, but is only now in agreement on how to fund it.
Legislation passed Tuesday lowers the tax rate from 1.1 percent to 0.5 percent and requires Sound Transit to calculate fees using the Kelley Blue Book.
More than 60,000 public employees have been notified of a potential layoff.
“It is really just a math problem.”
Is there any way to fix it?
But Washington state labor leaders say the aerospace giant isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain.
Would-be graduates wait in limbo while Republicans and Democrats stand their ground.
For the third straight budget year, things are coming down to the wire.
“They have a lot of work to do. They have a long way to go to reach consensus.”
State lawmakers failed to pass a budget or find an answer for McCleary.