Transparency in Budget Report for May 18

After 23 days of frustration and fog, today the special session of the legislature seemed to lurch closer to conclusion.

Yesterday the House adjourned with no plans to meet again until next Monday. But today representatives were called back for a session beginning on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The budget-writing committee, Ways & Means, will convene the day before. Members were instructed that they’d likely be in session Saturday through the last day of special session, May 25.

This progress may be the result of a “productive” negotiating session today between House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry. The negotiations center on a solution to the impasse over cutting the costs of compensation workers injured on the job. The three will meet again tomorrow, when they likely will discuss what one House member called a “really interesting” idea on workers’ compensation.

The Speaker also indicated capital budget negotiators were close on a debt-limit deal that could allow the construction budget to come up on Saturday.

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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