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Archives: April 2010


Update on costs of special session

The special legislative session looks to extend close to the maximum length of 30 days, even if lawmakers meet a goal of reaching a budget deal today and Friday. Under that scenario, they would return a week later after the paperwork is done, taking votes through next weekend.

Under original estimates for the cost of session, 30 extra days would have cost the state more than $500,000. But it will be far less because of the slow pace of work — only key negotiators have been in Olympia — and rejection by many lawmakers of their daily stipends.

After two

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