House Majority Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, told me earlier today that budget negotiators are continuing to work behind the scenes to reconcile differences between the House and Senate budget proposals.
But the Senate Ways and Means Committee is planning to pass a 2009-11 budget bill out tomorrow. That budget bill will reflect what parts of the budget already have been agreed upon, but there aren’t many, so the budget mostly will be what the Senate introduced a few weeks ago.
Tomorrow will be only Day 94 of a 105-day session, and things don’t really get serious on the budget front until the last 5 days or so. Then again, what are odds that the Legislature will get around to putting a tax package on the ballot when polling on public attitudes toward a tax increase is still under way?