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Spec Sess Day 23: Gone in 34 seconds

OLYMPIA -- The Senate got through its pro forma session this morning in 34 seconds. That was about 5 seconds short of the record, but still in the neighborhood of "don't blink or you'll miss it."

Gov. Jay Inslee has a noon press conference to discuss "budget issues pending in the special session." Considering he issued a statement on Friday in which he said he was "increasingly concerned about the pace of budget negotiations", and the pace has not picked up one might reasonably expect he is at least still concerned. You can watch it live on TVW; we'll have a report shortly after the press conference concludes.

The House Appropriations Committee has a hearing tomorrow on a bill to eliminate some tax preferences; would love to tell you what's in it but it won't be available until Wednesday, possibly not until noon, which is 90 minutes before the hearing starts.

The committee might also vote on an early House Democratic budget, House Bill 1057, which predates the proposals that passed at the end of the regular session.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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