Gov. Inslee calls lawmakers back for special session Monday

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Jay Inslee is calling lawmakers back for a special session that will start Monday.

He said he was disappointed that lawmakers once again are forced to go into overtime to finish their work. At a press conference Friday, Inslee criticized Senate Republicans for their continued refusal to negotiate the overall budget with House Democrats.
 
Republicans have said they can't negotiate the budget until House Democrats pass billions of dollars of revenue they have proposed, including a capital gains tax. Both chambers passed their respective underlying spending plans last month, but both sides have been accusing the other of not passing all of the bills needed to balance out their proposals.
 
The regular session is set to end Sunday, but lawmakers are expected to break for the weekend on Friday, with just a few lawmakers on hand Sunday to officially end the 105-day session.

Story by The Associated Press

 

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