State lawmakers will meet in one-day special session starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Gov. Chris Gregoire and leaders from the four caucuses announced the session late this afternoon after a meeting in the Governor’s Office that began at 3:30 p.m. The deal is expected to shave $784 million off the $1.1 billion deficit the state faces through June.
House Democrats went over details of a possible agreement earlier in the day, but Majority Leader Pat Sullivan had said at the time that his caucus was still a long way from taking a vote on it. That apparently is the same situation in the House Republican Caucus.
“It’s going to be a bipartisan vote. We haven’t had a vote count in our caucus but there is a lot of support for what (Rep.) Gary Alexander has been doing” in negotiations with Democrats, House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis said of his budget leader. “I think it’ll be a lot of Democrats and a lot of Republicans. It’ll be a pretty strong vote.”
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