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Sen. Ed Murray expects to roll out Democratic budget, not joint effort

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
February 24, 2012 4:34 pm

The public will see a Senate budget Tuesday and its lead author says he expects it to be a Democratic budget, not a joint effort with Republicans.

Sen. Ed Murray

Last year Seattle Democrat Ed Murray and Ridgefield Republican Joe Zarelli produced a bipartisan two-year budget in the Senate. This year, they have both come up with proposals, but haven’t been able to reach agreement on how to merge them.

“So far the Republicans haven’t been interested in that proposal,” Murray told me today, speaking about his own proposal.

And vice versa. “I don’t have the votes for their proposal in my caucus, to cut that deep,” Murray said. He added: “I’m not sure they have the votes for their own proposal.”

But he also can’t pass a budget unless it’s deemed adequately bipartisan by centrist Democrats who demand that the parties work hand in hand. And that’s why it’s significant that Murray emphasized today his plan doesn’t go back on the bipartisan deals of 2011.

“The agreement is intact,” he said.

So even if only Democrats show up to the rollout Tuesday, what they unveil will be portrayed as a bipartisan plan. Will that be enough for the centrist “Roadkill” Democrats? We’ll see.

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