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Washington Legislature Will Return for Special Session

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The state's legislative session ended on Sunday, but lawmakers were unable to complete all their work.

Now, lawmakers are gearing up for a special session next month.

The legislature will return for a special session in two weeks to finish the budget and address other bills that didn't make it through the 2013 session.

Democrats and Republicans are at odds over the budget with House Democrats proposing about $1.5 billion in tax increases.

But Republicans aren't budging and say they won't allow the tax increases.

Both parties are also working to meet the McClary decision to find the funding to increase education spending.

8th district representative Brad Klippert says the budget talks came too late in the session.

"We waited until, like again, the last two or three weeks to concentrate on the budget. Our position is we should have gotten there the very first thing. Budget done and gotten that taken care of, after that then take care of all the other policy stuff," Klippert said.

Lawmakers say the special session will cost tax payers around $20,000 a day and could last for the full 30 days.

The special session is scheduled to start on May 13th. If they don't reach a decision after 30 days, an additional session would start on June 13th.

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