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Thu., March 25, 2010, 9:50 a.m.

WA Lege SpecSess: Kind of a half-day

OLYMPIA -- Day 11 of the supposed Seven-Day Session breaks down like this:

The Senate returns this morning for some light work -- start up, do some routine stuff, go to caucus, pass some "jobs bills -- but the House of Representatives isn't coming back until Friday.

That means there's no sign of a compromise on tax legislation, which is the lynchpin to them going  home for good.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has her daily "bill signning" session this afternoon, at which the assembled press corps will ask her if she's heard any news. Wednesday that resulted in a discussion of what would happen if they blow through Day 30 with no budget.

Answer: She'll send them home for good and cut everyone's budget by 20 percent. No telling if that will jump start anything a couple floors up in the Capitol Building.

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