Legislature adjourns without budget agreement, special session called
Gov. Jay Inslee at about 10 p.m. Thursday called the Legislature into a 30-day special session after it failed to pass a supplemental budget during the regular 60-day session. Budget writers will continue their negotiations with the Senate Ways and Means Committee meeting at 2 p.m. Friday.
“Legislators have one fundamental task they are required to do every year and that is to keep the state’s budget balanced. They had 60 days to make some relatively minor adjustments, and have yet to make the reasonable compromises that are necessary,” Inslee said.
Earlier in the week, Inslee warned legislators he would veto bills if no budget was passed. He followed through last night vetoing 27 bills. Among those were SSB 6354, which would require four-year colleges and universities and SBCTC to develop and adopt reverse transfer agreement plans, and SSB 6466, which would create a work group to develop a plan for removing obstacles for college and university students with disabilities.
Coming up next week
Budget negotiations will continue into next week. We’ll publish a new edition of Legislative News as action develops.