OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state House has moved ahead with a revised budget plan, without the support of the Senate. With lawmakers entering the final days of a special session, the House voted Thursday 53-35 to advance its new spending proposal.
Republicans in the chamber praised budget writers for dropping a proposed business tax extension but still expressed concern about how the measure was structured. House leaders are still looking to add more money to the state's education system with a separate bill that would close some tax preferences. The House and Senate have been locked in weeks of fruitless budget negotiations. Senators have expressed concern about the House plan but also say the two sides are making progress.