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State lawmakers heading to extended session

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With just one day before the end of session, Washington lawmakers appear to be making little progress toward the ultimate goal of a final budget agreement.

Leaders in both the House and Senate seemed to resign themselves Saturday to the prospect of an overtime session, with the regular 105-day period coming to an end Sunday night. A spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee said that no decision had been made on when a special session may start.

Republican Sen. Don Benton says budget negotiations were moving "glacially slow." Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle says that while both sides may be far apart, he thinks a final resolution could come quickly.

The two chambers have taken different approaches to balance state spending and increase funding for education.

 

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