Senate Democrats to unveil budget proposal

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Monday, March 5, 2012 3:16pm
  • Local News

Majority Democrats in the state Senate will unveil their operating budget proposal Tuesday morning and it doesn’t look like Republicans are quite ready to attach their name to any of it.

A news conference is planned at 10:30 a.m. to discuss details of the plan for rebalancing the current budget that runs through mid-2013. A proposed capital budget is also due out Tuesday.

According to the Senate Democratic Caucus:

Presenters will include Sen. Lisa Brown, the Senate majority leader; Sen. Ed Murray, chair of the Senate Ways &Means Committee; Sen. Derek Kilmer, the committee’s vice chair; and Sen. Jim Hargrove, who has long led the Senate’s efforts to reform government services.

As there’s no mention of Sen. Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, the ranking Republican on the Senate budget committee, one can only presume there won’t be a lot of talk of this being a bipartisan effort.

Meanwhile, the House could vote on its proposed supplemental budget on Tuesday. The House Ways and Means Committee approved it Saturday on a party-line vote.

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