Republican and Democratic budget writers unveiled a $33.2 billion two-year operating budget today that fully funds state labor contracts, shifts $1 billion in new money into basic education and boosts financing for higher education and early learning.
The plan, which was crafted by Republicans with Democratic input, assumes $1.2 billion in savings from various cuts or policy changes. It makes ends meet without extending businesses taxes or ending and shrinking tax breaks for select industries as Gov. Jay Inslee proposes to do.
We met 32 nights. We ordered 63 pizzas. We had three Chinese take-outs and my legislative assistant cooked up two crock-pot dinners, said Sen. Andy Hill, a Redmond Republican who is chief architect of the plan and chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. In all, 16 senators were involved in budget building and writing. We had a small army of staff and 243 Diet Cokes. I did not drink them all.