State Senate Passes $43.7 Billion BudgetThe state Senate has approved a $43.7 billion budget for the next two years that would increase spending for public schools, mental health and state worker contracts.
Lawmakers Race To Pass $43.7 Billion State Budget Details of a new two-year state operating budget were released Friday, the same day Washington lawmakers must vote on the plan in order to prevent a partial government shutdown.
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Lawmakers Prepare For Swift Budget Vote Washington lawmakers hurried Friday to vote on a new state budget totaling $33.6 billion, just hours after making it available to the public. The 483-page spending plan was released overnight Friday, and lawmakers hope to pass the measure before the end of the day.