OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House has approved a budget to address a projected deficit of more than $1.2 billion while putting more money into the state's education system.
The measure passed on a 54-43 mostly party line vote Friday night, a week after the Senate passed its own plan. Both chambers now head into negotiations in hopes of coming to an agreement before the legislative session ends on April 28.
Similar to a budget proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the plan by House Democrats would increase government spending by more than 10 percent, compared to the Senate plan that increases it by about 7 percent. The two-year budget would spend $34.5 billion, more than $1 billion beyond a plan approved by the Senate. A tax package proposed by Democrats, targeting tax exemptions, will be voted on separately at a later date.