After days of vote-wrangling, Democratic budget negotiators expressed confidence that they have the votes for the tax package they unveiled today – but their levels of confidence varied.
The Senate plans to vote Sunday or Monday, and Democrats there have a slimmer margin of error, having passed earlier versions of the tax package with the bare minimum 25 “yes” votes – meaning any defections would have to be made up for by finding a new supporter.
Sen. Ed Murray was cautious today: “We’re confident, but we’re counting votes.”
I have talked to two members of that bloc of 25 who had concerns with some of the taxes under consideration – Sens. Jim Kastama and Rosa Franklin – and both said they’re inclined to support the new tax package.