Post by Jordan Schrader and Brad Shannon:
If there’s no deal on the state budget by the end of the 30-day special legislative session June 11, Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray predicts there won’t be a deal when the fiscal year ends June 30.
The minority leader from Seattle says that could shut down many government programs starting July 1, and suggests his opponents in the GOP are just fine with that. ”I believe it’s a political calculation on the part of the Republicans,” he said today.
Murray said it may be time to force all members back to the Senate to put pressure on them to finish. “Some members don’t seem to completely understand the severity of the situation,” he said.
Murray’s Republican counterpart, Sen. Mark Schoesler, denied that to reporters. ”The last thing we want to do is drive anything off a cliff,” said Schoesler, a Ritzville farmer. “As an operator of old farm equipment, driving off a cliff is very scary.”