OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a special session in Olympia so that lawmakers can complete their work on a new two-year budget.
After a 105-day regular legislative session, the Legislature adjourned Sunday evening without coming to an agreement on a new budget. Inslee immediately called them to return on May 13.
Lawmakers are tasked with patching a projected budget deficit of more than $1.2 billion for the next two-year budget, not counting additional money needed for a court-ordered requirement that they increase funding to basic education. The Senate has proposed to balance spending without taxes while the House is seeking roughly $1 billion in new revenue.