Comparison of the House and Senate Budget proposals

The Washington State Legislature is currently in special session to negotiate and pass a budget for the 2014-2015 biennium. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate versions of the expense side of the budget. The House is essentially a Democratic budget, as they have a majority there. The Senate budget is essentially a Republican document, as the majority is a coalition of the Republican senators and two renegade Democratic senators.

For a Democratic commentary on the choices that need to be made, read Reps. Mike Sells and Hans Dunshee’s op-ed HERE.

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Bills passed in 2013 Legislature

Below are some of the more significant bills that have passed the legislature this session. The special session that began on May 13th will attempt to reconcile the House and Senate budget bills, but other pending bills may be considered.

Rep. Jason Overstreet managed to eek out a single “yes” vote on the Whatcom County 4th Judge bill, but his compatriot in the “Liberty Caucus”, Rep. Matt Shea, voted “No.” Chances are that if this bill had not been about Whatcom County, Overstreet would have voted “no” also.

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