Hirst Fix Highest Budget Priority

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – State lawmakers are nearing the end of their second special session.

With no signs the Senate and House are any closer to agreement on education funding, a third overtime session seems all but inevitable.

Democratic House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan says he’s still waiting for Republicans to come to the table.

“You have to have a willing partner to come to the table. The House Democrats have known for some time that we need to compromise. We recognize that we’re not going to get everything we want, and as long as the Senate Republicans recognize that as well, we’ll be able to get our job done.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler says he wants to address the ruling out of Whatcom County that’s stopping some rural development.

“All 39 counties desperately need a solution to the Hirst decision and the Foster decision on water, and with all 39 counties needing relief on water, it should be the highest on budget priority.”

If the budget isn’t signed by June 30th, the state faces a partial government shutdown.