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The Overcast: Watching Washington's Legislature Pass A Last-Minute Budget

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Ted Warren
Voting results are projected above the House floor on June 30 after a vote on the state operating budget in Olympia.

Washingtonians are still trying to make sense of the budget passed by the legislature late last week amid the threat of a state government shutdown.

Lawmakers had to pass a budget by June 30 to avoid the shutdown. Legislators were also under pressure to fully fund education under the state Supreme Court's McCleary decision.

Seattle Times Olympia correspondent Joe O'Sullivan watched the budget process unfold. He describes the frenzy to his colleagues Jim Brunner and Dan Beekman in this week's episode of The Overcast, The Seattle Times politics podcast, which is recorded at KNKX.

To find out more about some of the specifics to watch for in Washington state's new budget, listen to the whole episode. You can find The Overcast on iTunes, Tunein, Sticher and SoundCloud.

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times.
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