Inslee says he’s helping lawmakers figure out top priorities, deal with issues outside budget

Staff writerApril 24, 2013 

Lawmakers are in crunch time for budget negotiations, but Gov. Jay Inslee went before reporters today to argue that it’s not all about the budget. With less than five days left in the regular session, the Democratic governor still wants to crack down on drunk drivers, keep guns out of the wrong hands, help young people brought to the country illegally go to college, guarantee insurance coverage for abortion, and raise taxes to fund transportation projects and maintenance.

His role is to make sure all those issues stay in the mix, he said. On the budget itself, he said he’s trying to get everyone to show their hands but not necessarily offering new ideas of his own to bridge the differences between the House and Senate budgets.

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