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Eye On Olympia

A sampling from the debate…

"This budget goes a long way toward keeping our promises that we made" during the 2003 and 2005 gas-tax increases. "We kept the promise by sticking to the project list."
-- Rep. Judy Clibborn

"It's a budget with working families in mind."
-- Rep. Mike Sells, noting that the projects would speed up commutes and employ 25,000 workers

"I think those $25,000 jobs could well be placed on Highway 2 -- a death highway."
-- Rep. Bob Sump, R-Republic

"My children and grandchildren, nor yours, will be able to afford this budget."
-- Rep. Jim Dunn

The $7.4 billion budget passed, 81-16.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.