The House budget battle with the state Senate is joined. By a 54-to-43 vote, House Democrats pushed through a $34.5 billion budget bill to fund Washington state government operations for 2013-15 on Friday. It spends $1.3 billion more than what the Republican-steered Senate passed on a bipartisan vote one week ago.
The House plan also requires $1.3 billion in new revenues. Only one Democrat, freshman Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, crossed over to join Republicans, all of whom voted no.
Rachel LaCorte of The Associated Press has the story here:
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state House