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Senate budget proposal likely next week — Brown

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate will vote on its version of a budget to carry the state through the end of June, a plan that will likely keep several social service programs Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed cutting, Majority Leader Lisa Brown said today.

At a press conference, the Spokane Democrat said the proposal, known as an early action supplemental budget, will try to keep "social safety net" programs like  Basic Health, the Disability Lifeline, Maternity Support, ADATSA drug and alcohol treatment, but at lower levels.

Republican and Democratic budget experts are still working on the details, she said, and it will have some differences from the House version passed this week. "It can't be too dramatically different because there's n ot that much left."

Brown also questioned a portion of the House Democrats' plan to cover some costs of Basic Health insurance for low income residents through private money sources. "Where is it? I don 't think anybody's identified that private money."

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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