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Governor Jay Inslee’s budget director said Friday that negotiators have reached preliminary agreement on a key issue that’s been hanging them up.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee plans to convene budget negotiations in his office beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

 

The clock runs out Thursday on Washington’s 30-day special session of the legislature. There are indications the pace of budget negotiations has picked up. But a second special session is still likely. 

    

There’s plenty of finger pointing, but not a lot of progress toward a budget deal in the Washington capitol. Legislative leaders took turns Thursday blaming each other for the slow pace of budget talks.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is working to revive his plan to charge for carbon pollution and use the proceeds to fund schools.

The Democrat met Wednesday behind closed doors with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp to discuss the issue.

Inslee views it as a twofer. Charge industry for carbon emissions. Then take the money generated and put a chunk of it into fully funding public schools.

Inslee unveiled the idea last December, but it died in the Democratic-controlled Washington House.

The era of ubiquitous green cross marijuana dispensaries in Washington state is about to come to an end.

A wide majority of the Washington Legislature voted to raise the maximum speed limit from 70 to 75 miles per hour.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he doesn’t approve of one-day walkouts by teachers, but the Democrat also said he understands their frustration over pay raises and class size.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used Earth Day to chastise state lawmakers for their environmental record.

Budget negotiations have stalled with just a few days left in the Washington legislature’s 105-day session. The clock runs out on Sunday.

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