OLYMPIA, Wash-- State lawmakers are trying to tackle a $2.8 billion budget deficit. The 60 day session is about done, and a budget still hasn't been finalized. Now lawmakers are gearing up for a special session.
The key in this year's legislative session is I-960. The majority party clearly wants to raise taxes to fix the problem. But taxes aren't what local lawmakers want, so there's been a stalemate.
The governor, too, has made education one of her top priorities.
So it boils down to this--60 days have come and gone and there's simply no clear answer what's getting cut.
"What has been frustrating is the fact that we don't know when the special session starts," explains Representative Larry Haler. "That's where my frustration lies and as I said before, it's indicative of a lack of setting priorities on the part of the majority party."
Legislators should know late Thursday if and when the special session starts. There's question as to whether lawmakers come home for a bit then return or just stay in Olympia.
Bottom line--lawmakers are frustrated. They're trying to tackle a monumental deficit but special session will cost about $20,000 a day.