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House, Senate get budget deal; voting starts Monday

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 11, 2010 at 5:03 pm | No Comments »
April 12, 2010 6:12 am

Top Democratic negotiators say they have struck deals on an operating budget and capital-construction plan, paving the way for quick votes that could end the Legislature’s special session as soon as Monday night.

“We’re done,” said Sen. Ed Murray, the Senate Democratic Caucus chairman and revenue negotiator. “We’re done on the budget; we’re done on the capital budget. … We’re done with the revenue.”

The deal, which House Speaker Frank Chopp also confirmed, relies on about $794 million in new revenues to balance a $2.8 billion budget gap. The House voted to approve the largest piece of that package Saturday on a 52-44 vote, and the Senate would follow suit Monday — when some of its missing members return to the Capitol.

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