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Washington Lawmakers to Begin Second Special Session

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Jay Inslee says state lawmakers will begin a second overtime legislative session on Wednesday.

State Republicans and Democrats still couldn't agree on the main principles of a spending plan before ending the 30 special session on Tuesday, so Inslee immediately called for a second session.


Both the House and Senate have passed budget proposals within the past week, but have been unable to agree on a final deal.

Lawmakers have been working on a budget solution since the beginning of the year, looking to mend a roughly $1 billion budget shortfall for the two-year cycle that ends in the middle of 2015.
They've also been looking to add another $1 billion to the state's education system in response to an order from the state Supreme Court.


The House Majority Leader says it's not clear how negotiators are going to find an agreement before the end of June, when the current budget cycle ends.

Senate leaders have insisted on the passage of some policy bills and opposed new ways to raise revenue. Democrats and Inslee have pressed for more tax money.