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Washington State House Approves Budget, Moves to Inslee's Desk

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers are moving swiftly to avoid a looming government shutdown.

On Friday evening, the state House finalized a new state budget, just hours after the state Senate approved the $33.6 billion spending plan.
    
The measure now goes to Governor Jay Inslee, who is expected to take time to review the budget and sign it by the end of Sunday.

After the House passed the budget tonight, Inslee released a statement saying, "I want to thank the House for moving quickly this evening to pass the operating budget. My staff and I will be begin reviewing it immediately and I will sign it this weekend in time to ensure that state government will be open for business Monday morning."  
    
Both Republicans and Democrats highlighted how the measure would add $1 billion to the state's education system while providing enough money to universities that tuition would remain at current levels.

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