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WA Lege Day 25: Votes on unemployment insurance, budget likely

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate will likely vote today on a plan to block increases in the state's unemployment insurance taxes and a supplemental budget to carry the state through June 30.

It will be a second try on the unemployment insurance issue; a bill designed to do that on Wednesday ran into a problem when six Democrats joined with Republicans to keep it portions involving changes in the benefit program from being split out of the bill. Other Democrats wanted to pass the portion that blocked the rate hike and deal later with questions about benefits or more training.

Apparently a new version is in the works.

The Senate is also expected to vote on a supplemental budget that would cut some $254 million out of the current spending plan.

Both chambers are also honoring the state's National Guard and Air National Guard.

Later this afternoon, a House committee has a hearing on a bill that would restrict the use of phosphorous fertilizers on lawns.

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