Another special session likely for Washington Legislature

Another special session likely for Washington Legislature

KGMI News Reporting

By Karen Taylor, Metro Networks Inc.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Today is the final day of the Washington Legislature’s 30-day special session, but another special session may be needed.

Lawmakers must agree on an operating, capital, and transportation budget for the next two years by the end of today, or Governor Jay Inslee will call another special session to get an agreement in place before the current fiscal year ends on June 30th.

Democrats and Republicans, while getting closer in recent days on education funding, remain at odds over revenue and tax loopholes.

State Senator Republican Doug Ericksen of Ferndale say the state Senate Majority Coalition has passed a budget they hope can be accepted by the house.

Doug Ericksen on budget agreement

The taxes the coalition has included are those mandated by court case decisions dealing with charging sales tax to home phone line payments and changes to the estate tax.