The Washington legislature adjourned over the weekend. And late Sunday Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a new state budget. It officially averted a government shutdown Monday. The Democratic governor offered this list of what he considers highlights in the budget.
Inslee: “It provides funding for more than 6000 additional teachers, 1700 additional pre-school enrollment slots and 20 new child protective service workers to enable quicker response to abuse and neglect referrals.”
The budget came together late last week after months of gridlock. That resulted in two overtime sessions of the legislature. Separately, Governor Inslee says he’s disappointed the Washington Senate did not pass a ten-and-a-half-cent gas tax increase for roads and transit. That proposal died after winning approval in the House.
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