OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Legislature returns to work for a second special session Wednesday, trying to work out a budget agreement.
The House and Senate adjourned Tuesday afternoon, hours after Gov. Jay Inslee called for a second special session.
Both the House and Senate have passed their own budget proposals within the past week, but have been unable to agree on a final deal. Inslee said that a meeting Wednesday would occur between his financial office and Cabinet members to discuss contingency plans in case a budget is not signed by midnight June 30, when the current budget cycle ends.
Inslee said there would be a review of government services to see which ones may be constitutionally mandated, and noted that more than 50,000 state employees that would potentially face furloughs would need to be notified.