No agreement on budget; special session is called
With no sign of an agreement near, lawmakers will return at noon on Monday.
Andrew Garber writes in the Seattle Times.
OLYMPIA The state Legislature sputtered to a finish Thursday night without agreement on how to close a $1 billion budget shortfall. Lawmakers did pass a landmark bill legalizing gay marriage this session and approved other legislation, including a measure adding improvement in student test scores to the list of factors used to evaluate teachers.
But budget negotiations stalled Thursday night with no sign of a deal happening anytime soon.
Gov. Chris Gregoire said a 30-day special session will start at noon on Monday. “I hope they will be able to finish it (the budget) next week,” she said, shortly before midnight.
Democrats and Republicans were busy pointing fingers earlier in the day.
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