Lawmakers optimistic second special session can be avoided



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Posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 7:00 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Could lawmakers in Olympia be headed for double-overtime?

That will happen if the House and Senate cannot agree on a budget by the end of the day Tuesday, June 11.

Republican Senate Leader Mark Schoesler, from Ritzville, said he’s an “eternal optimist” and thinks they can read a deal in time.

“As a farmer I’m always sure that the next season will be more rain, better growing weather and great prices,” said Schoesler.

House Majority Leader, Democrat Pat Sullivan from Covington, told KING 5 News he also is hopeful lawmakers can reach a deal.

Sullivan said he spent 14 hours Saturday and eight hours Sunday working in Olympia.

“We’re moving towards the middle as we know we need to do,” said Sullivan.

At issue is how and where to come up with a billion additional dollars for education, something the State Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to do.

The Republican budget out of the Senate did that without raising taxes.

The House version looks to tax increases and eliminates tax loopholes.

In a statement last week, Governor Jay Inslee said he was “becoming increasingly concerned” about the pace of budget negotiations.