Budget deal in hand, Washington lawmakers rush to vote

Budget deal in hand, Washington lawmakers rush to vote

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Budget deal in hand, Washington lawmakers rush to vote

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:53 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash.  -- Washington lawmakers have reached a long-sought accord on a new state budget that would avert furloughs of state employees.

Details of the bill were released online Friday morning.

Legislative leaders hope to give final approval of the $33.6 billion, two-year spending proposal before state employees leave work Friday.

Gov. Jay Inslee says the deal "makes it clear that state government will continue to operate.”

Budget negotiators said they were confident the measure would swiftly make it through the Legislature.

Lawmakers said the final plan puts an additional $1 billion toward the state's basic education system in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that determined lawmakers weren't adequately funding schools.

While overall spending would rise by 8 percent, K-12 education spending would rise more than 11 percent.

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