Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that state lawmakers have made progress in ongoing budget talks by at least agreeing on how much things will actually cost.
During a meeting Tuesday between legislative budget leaders and the governor’s office, “the parties reached some common assumptions about what the real numbers were,” Inslee said.
Using the newly agreed upon cost estimates, key lawmakers will meet again Friday to start making serious offers on what should be included or cut from the budget, he said.
“We’re singing off the same songsheet as far as the basic data, finally,” Inslee said after a bill-signing ceremony Tuesday.
“The first step is to figure out what the real math is, if you will,” he said. ”They now in the next day or two will be running that through their numbers, see what it does with their budget proposals, so we get back to the table to really hopefully make some joint offers.”
The regular 105-day legislative session adjourned April 28 with no agreement on a state budget. The state House, which has a Democratic majority, wants to raise $900 million by extending expiring tax hikes and eliminating some tax breaks. The conservative-leaning state Senate included no new taxes in its budget proposal.
The full House and Senate will convene in Olympia again May 13 for a special session to finalize a two-year spending plan.