Reality of 2nd special session sinking in around Olympia; likely to start Wednesday morning

Staff writerJune 10, 2013 

The Washington Legislature is moving slowly and steadily into a second special session. It would start after the first 30-day overtime period ends Tuesday. Lawmakers are still working on a two-year operating budget, a construction projects budget and transportation tax package, and hearings were planned Monday afternoon on the GOP-tiling Senate’s tax bills.

But the stuff that needs to be agreed on is big stuff like the $33.3 billion to $33.6 billion operating budget for 2013-15. The result: Lawmakers’ typically sunny (and not very credible) chit chat about working to get everything done by the last day of session is finally giving way to what passes for realism at the Capitol.

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