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WA Lege Day 85: Budget time

OLYMPIA -- After going 84 session days without either a general operating or a capital budget in the House, we will have both by about 1:01 p.m. today.

Ways and Means Chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina, and other House leaders are scheduled to release the 2011-13 general fund operating budget at 12:15 p.m. It'll be posted here about that time. Read fast, because there's a committee hearing at 3:30 p.m.

Capital Budget Chairman Hans Dunshee will release the 2011-13 capital budget at 1 p.m. It can be found here after that. You can take a little more time studying that. The hearing isn't until 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Why the rush? Well, for one thing there's only 20 days left in the session. Where has the time gone...

Meanwhile, teachers from around the state are coming to Olympia with their own paper, a "Resolution to Stop Crowding Our Kids' Classrooms." They plan to be here around noon in the Senate office building, but that's not very far from the House office building where the budget releases are scheduled.

More budget hearings, votes and demonstrations planned for the rest of the week. If you don't care about budgets, this would be a good week to be on a beach somewhere warm and sunny. If you do, Olympia's the place to be, but don't expect it to be warm and sunny.

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