Budget deal struck, Inslee says no government shutdown necessary

By | June 27, 2013 | Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that lawmakers have come to an agreement on the budget, averting a government shutdown that would have furloughed thousands of state government workers on July 1.

“Washington will be at work on Monday,” Inslee said.

The governor said that he believes the House and Senate will vote on the budget by 5 p.m. Friday.

Inslee’s spokesman David Postman said that the budget is currently at the code reviser’s office and will available for the public to view shortly. (UPDATE: The budget is now available online here).

Postman said that the Legislature likely will not Sine Die after passing the budget. He said there are still other issues on the table, including a DUI bill and transportation revenue package.

On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously approved a revised version of the DUI bill. The House failed to pass a transportation revenue package that would have raised the gas tax by 10.5 cents, but was expected to try to reconsider the bill on Thursday.



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