As I reported 3 hours ago, House Speaker Frank Chopp still doesn’t have the votes to put a tax hike proposal on the ballot. And House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown the House doesn’t have the votes to pass House Bill 2377.
The tax package may, indeed, be dead. But there are still four days (counting today) before Sunday’s scheduled adjournment.
Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor is telling reporters he doesn’t have the votes to pass it.
But, as Kessler said, “Nothing’s ever dead if they work it.”
Meanwhile, now I’m hearing the House and Senate Democrats will be briefed in broad strokes on the budget agreement at 4 p.m. and we get to talk to budget writers and leaders at 4:30 or so.
UPDATE: Chopp just walked past the press desk on the House floor and I asked him point blank. “I don’t know. I’ll have to check,” he said.