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WA Lege Day 40: Senate passes budget

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate passed a supplemental budget this morning that cuts about $242 million from planned state spending through the end of June.

With little debate, the Senate gave 37-10 approval to the spending plan, which helps ease but doesn't completely solve the estimated deficit in the state's General Fund Operating Budget. For more details on the budget deal, click here.

After bipartisan support in the Senate, the budget bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where the Republican caucus is solidly opposed and may try to slow its progress.

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