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Inslee Criticizes Lawmakers for Lack of Progress on Budget

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OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Gov. Jay Inslee says he is concerned about the "lack of substantive progress" in budget negotiations as lawmakers near the end of an overtime session.

Inslee specifically called out a measure put forth by Senate Republicans that he says will take money away from education.
    
On Tuesday, Inslee lambasted a bill passed out of a Senate fiscal committee last week that would lower estate tax rates and phase in raising the value of estates to be taxed from $2 million to the federal level of $5 million.
    
Lawmakers are in the midst of a 30-day special session that began on May 13 and is set to end June 11.

They face a $1.2 billion budget shortfall for the two-year cycle that ends in the middle of 2015. That doesn't count an additional approximate $1 billion that lawmakers are seeking in response to a court-ordered requirement that the state spend more on its basic education system.

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