WASHINGTON -- The Washington state Senate's $33 billion operating budget for the two-year period beginning in July is about $1 billion less than the current budget.
The Senate is working to close a $9 billion budget gap and Washington's majority Democrats say they have to make massive spending cuts.
The state is also counting on $3 billion in federal stimulus spending to help balance the budget.
The state House will release their budget tomorrow, and lawmakers will have to agree on a final version before they adjourn at the end of April.
Lawmakers are also expected to put a package of tax increases on the ballot, giving voters a chance to buy back some programs that are slated for cuts.