Washington Lawmakers Under the Gun to Craft Budget

Williams, Rochelle
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/21/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31618, p4
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There is a pressure on Washington state legislators to present a balanced fiscal 2004–05 budget prior to the closing of the legislative session April 27, 2003. “It's now crunch time,” said Governor Gary Locke about the urgency to “complete the people's business,” before adjournment. Whether the call for a special session is inevitable depends on who is talking. By law, the budget must be in place by July 1 2003, the start of the next biennium. Locke's budget, which he changed earlier in April 2003, calls for 23 billion dollars in spending without tax increases, which designates more funds for public schools for the Democratic-led House and the Republican-majority Senate to get confused.


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