Inslee Announces Second Special Session, Prepares For Government Shutdown

By Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will call lawmakers back into a second special session beginning at 9 AM Wednesday. He’s also beginning preparations for a government shutdown on July first if there’s no deal by then. The moves come as the 30th and final day of the first overtime session comes and goes with still no budget deal.

At a news conference, Democrat Inslee blamed the stalemate on the mostly Republican senate majority for insisting on several controversial policy measures he says are unrelated to the budget.

“This should be a debate about education funding. Not workers compensation, not tax breaks for millionaires, not anti-teacher bills,” Inslee says.

This was Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler’s response.

“We’re not interested in spewing DC-style rhetoric," Schoesler says. "We’re interested in finding solutions to the state’s budget.”

The senate says it wants just 3 policy bills off a list of 33. Inslee wants the senate to drop those measures and compromise on how much revenue to include in the new budget. About the only harmony left in the state Capitol – a boys choir from Texas performing in the rotunda. There’s also a bipartisan chorus that agrees a budget deal will happen before a July 1st state government shutdown.

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