A compromise to cut costs in the Washington’s worker-compensation system eluded House and Senate negotiators tonight. They ended a more than four-hour session of talks with Gov. Chris Gregoire after 8 p.m.
Negotiators return to Gregoire’s at 10 Saturday morning to resume talking. Getting agreement by Saturday may be crucial to lawmakers getting out of town by Wednesday, the 30th and final day of their special session.
That is because a budget must pass, and Senate Republicans may hold back the votes that Democrats to pass a spending agreement for 2011-13. The GOP would not vote for a budget if they cannot get a deal that avoids double-digit premium increases in the worker comp system this year, Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, before the last round of talks began.