March 31, 2010

Legislators return to Olympia for key votes Thursday and Friday

The Senate returns Thursday and the House Friday to start the final run toward an end to the special session—we hope with a responsible budget and revenue package. 

The Senate will vote on a few remaining bills to send to the House. 

The House on Friday may take up the state employee furlough bill. That’s why it is so important to keep getting calls in. More on that later. 

According to the Tri-City Herald, the House and Senate may agree on a tax package and then adjourn for the Easter weekend. Then they’d return probably April 9 to take up final budget and revenue votes before the end of the 30-day special session April 13. They’ve agreed on the amount of the tax package, about $800 million, just not which revenue to raise. And of course, the size of the revenue package determines the final budget bill.

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