Second special session looming for lawmakers

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2013 9:45am
  • Local News

Gov. Jay Inslee will meet with reporters at high noon to discuss the ongoing special session of the state Legislature.

There’s no expectation he’ll announce an agreement which could wrap everything up. More likely he’ll be asked to discuss the likelihood of a second extra session.

This overtime will end June 11. Barring a deal in the next 48 hours or so, lawmakers will simply run out of time to push legislation through the process.

“If there isn’t some break, it’s inevitable we’re heading toward another special session and I believe that will drive us over a fiscal cliff,” Sen. Minority Leader Ed Murray, D-Seattle told Rachel La Corte of the Associated Press

Lawmakers are trying to settle differences on how to erase a projected $1.2 billion shortfall in the two-year budget cycle that ends in 2015. And they want to pump another $1 billion into education in response to a court-ordered requirement that the state spend more on its public schools.

Budget negotiations have been taking place for weeks between the Democratic-controlled House and the Senate, which is run by a coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats.

The big sticking point: the House wants to generate more than $1 billion in revenue from existing or new taxes and the Senate does not.

You can watch Inslee live on TVW.

More in Local News

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Mayor Ray Stephanson’s official portrait, by local illustrator Elizabeth Person, is displayed at a farewell reception held in the Ed Hansen Conference Center at Xfinity on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Past and future on the drawing board

Everett artist puts paint to paper for outgoing Mayor Ray Stephanson’s official portrait.

Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime

Stephanson says an engine won’t go into service when the only available staff would be on overtime.

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Paine Field fire chief will be allowed to retire

In his letter, the airport director noted Jeff Bohnet was leaving while under investigation.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

Boeing video is an education in itself

15 of the company’s female engineers read decades-old letters from women seeking to study engineering.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Most Read