House passes supplemental budget, 54-43

By | April 5, 2012 | Comments

The House voted to pass the latest Democratic budget proposal with a 54-43 vote Thursday afternoon.

It now heads to the Senate, where Republicans and the moderate Democrats who are siding with them on budget matters said Wednesday that the offer doesn’t have strong enough reforms for them to support it.

During the House debate, lead budget writer Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said that “despite tremendous financial difficulties,” the budget does not cut education.

It also saves the state’s safety net “in the best way possible,” said Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington.

But Republican Rep. Gary Alexander of Olympia said the budget isn’t sustainable. Nor is it helpful, he said, adding that he believes it “detracts” from the negotiation process.

“Buried deep inside this budget are scary details,” said Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches. “I don’t believe it is ready for prime time.”

The Senate budget writing committee has a hearing scheduled for Friday to consider reforms related to the budget proposal. Special session ends next Tuesday.

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