State lawmakers pass 2-year budget minutes before deadline
The Washington Legislature has adjourned its 105-day legislative session after sending Gov. Jay Inslee a new two-year state budget and several revenue bills that pay for increased funding to programs ranging from special education to mental health, as well as a clean energy measure that was a centerpiece of his legislative agenda.
The budget passed the House on a 57-41 vote late Sunday night, less than an hour before the 105-day session was up. It had already passed the Senate on a 27-21 vote.
The budget relies on more than $800 million in new revenue for the state, which will come from several sources including an increase in business and occupation taxes on large banks and a change to the state’s real estate excise tax.
Budget writers in the Democratic-led chambers reached agreement on the $52.4 billion budget Thursday, but full details of the budget were not made public until Saturday.