OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A bipartisan group of state senators is advancing a budget plan that balances spending without new taxes, relying on cuts to social programs and fund transfers that irked some Democrats.
Washington Senate approves budget, with bipartisan vote
Budget writers from both parties said Friday the spending proposal was developed with input from both sides, and the final vote included support from 22 Republicans and 8 Democrats. Republican Sen. Andy Hill said the measure includes some tough decisions but helps reprioritize state spending without relying on taxes.
Democrats proposed a variety of amendments to the budget, seeking to add even more money to education and restore some money to social services programs. Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson voted in favor of the budget but said negotiators need to keep looking at new revenue to help pay for education and the social safety net.
The House is expected to unveil its budget proposal next week.
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