The standoff over the budget continues, but Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s office says negotiations are happening and Gregoire spent hours Tuesday in several meetings trying to narrow differences between Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature.
Today we continue to wait. In the meantime, Gregoire will sign some bills, notably an expansion of what is considered green power sources to include more kinds of waste from pulp mills. The designation is important because it allows mills to get money from utilities that need to meet their renewable-energy standards.
The House budget committee is holding public hearings today on a big permitting bill opposed by environmentalists and a couple of measures that would add to the budget shortfall — temporary forgiveness on sales tax payments owed by the Tacoma Narrows bridge, and tax credits for movie and TV production.