This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.
The 2013 Legislature can’t be judged a success because it failed to approve the major highway improvements needed to keep Washington’s economy growing.
That said, lawmakers deserve praise for pulling together a surprisingly good operating budget last week in the face of deadline pressure.
For months, the Legislature was locked in the kind of partisan gridlock that has all but paralyzed the budget-writing process in Congress.
The Democrats who run the state House of Representatives were pushing to preserve the social safety net by ending a collection of tax breaks and …