Advertise Here

Spin Control

House passes ‘partial downpayment’ budget

OLYMPIA — The House of Representatives gave overwhelming support to a $480 million trim of the state's troubled General Fund budget, despite complaints by Republicans that it was too little and disappointing.

On an 86-8 bipartisan vote, the House members agreed this evening to a series of cuts and accounting maneuvers described as a first downpayment on the $2 billion Gov. Chris Gregoire said is needed to close the gap between incoming revenues and planned expenses for programs, policies and salaries.

The vote sends the budget to the Senate, which could vote on the plan Wednesday and bring the special session to a close. The rest of the cuts will have to be handled in a regular session that begins Jan. 9.

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Spin Control

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Spin Control.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here