OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - As lawmakers head into the final days of the 105-day regular legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee is acknowledging that the clock might run out before a budget deal is struck and agreement is reached on other bills he says are still in play.
He says that while it's possible, there's a lot of work that needs to be done before the midnight Sunday deadline for the regular session. If lawmakers don't finish in time, Inslee says there's not yet a decision on when they might be called back for a special legislative session.
Lawmakers are tasked with patching a projected budget deficit of more than $1.2 billion for the next two-year budget, not counting additional money needed for a court-ordered requirement that they increase funding to basic education.
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