Today, it’s the Senate’s turn.
The House sent Democrats’ latest budget offer to the Senate late Thursday, along with an add-on measure that would close six tax exemptions to provide extra funding for schools.
There’s no word on how they will be received on the other side of the rotunda, but in the House, neither received a single Republican vote.
While there were some liberal complaints about Democrats caving by removing most of their taxes from the budget without winning concessions from Senate Republicans, none of the liberals peeled off on the 53-35 budget vote. Rep. Monica Stonier, a freshman who has voted against a slew of taxes, was the only Democrat in opposition. On the tax-break bill, Stonier and conservative Rep. Chris Hust were the only Democrats voting no.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement saying the Senate should “quickly consider and act on” Democrats’ offer.
This is a budget that shows serious compromise, and meets the Senate more than half way. It significantly scales back revenue and takes numerous policy issues off the table while preserving critical human services and moving us forward on education. Senate leaders should recognize that this is a budget that can get the job done in these final days of the special session.