Washington State Legislature

There’s still no budget deal in Olympia, but Washington House Democrats said Friday they’re willing to drop their push for a state capital gains tax.

Washington lawmakers have until the 30-day special session runs out on June 27 to reach a budget deal. If they fail to do so, a partial government shutdown would begin on July 1.

If Washington lawmakers don’t have a budget by the end of the month, state government will shut down. But it would only be a partial shutdown.

It’s not just Washington state agencies that are preparing for a possible government shutdown on July 1. Washington House and Senate administrators will meet Wednesday to discuss contingency planning.

Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about budget progress at the state.

The Washington state Capitol in Olympia.
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Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW's Olympia correspondent, Austin Jenkins, about the battle between Republicans and Democrats over the last details of a new state budget. 

Governor Jay Inslee’s budget director said Friday that negotiators have reached preliminary agreement on a key issue that’s been hanging them up.

Washington House Democrats are doubling down on their pitch for a state capital gains tax while Republicans are reiterating their no-new-taxes mantra.

Washington state capitol flag Olympia legislature
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Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkin, about the third session for lawmakers this year.

Preparations for a state government shutdown are underway because Washington lawmakers haven’t agreed on a budget for the next two years.

As promised, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has called an immediate second special session of the legislature. It begins Friday.

To raise or not to raise taxes? That is the question that’s pushing Washington lawmakers into a second 30-day special session.

Washington lawmakers will have to return for a second 30-day special session. The first overtime session ends Thursday and the House and Senate still don’t have a budget deal.

The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up, but a second special session is still likely.