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Stand-Off In Olympia Before Budget Negotiations Even Begin

Apr 6, 2015
Originally published on April 6, 2015 2:57 pm

The Washington House and Senate will soon begin to negotiate a new two-year budget, but first they have to get past a roadblock.

That is that the Republicans have said they don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats in the House until the Democrats in the House pass the tax package that funds a bunch of their budget.

The Democrats are saying that’s not a reasonable or fair expectation. They have no intention of taking a tax vote until the final budget deal.

A new Elway Poll out Monday suggested Washington voters are as divided as the legislature. Forty-eight percent said they want to increase funding for public schools without new taxes, even if that means additional cuts to other services. Forty-three percent support raising some taxes to fund schools and avoid further cuts.

The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percent.

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