With state Senate and House 2009-11 biennium budget proposals now on paper for all to see, lawmakers from both sides will gather at the negotiating table to craft a compromise plan.
The Senate released its plan on Monday, March 30, while the House released its version the next day. Gov. Chris Gregoire began the budgeting season on Dec. 18 with her proposal. In addition, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges has provided a comparison and some analysis of all three budgets.
“It’s too soon to know just what the end result will be,” Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert said Tuesday, March 31. Lambert was in Olympia meeting with all three legislators from the 32nd Legislative District, including: Sen. Darlene Fairley and Reps. Ruth Kagi and Maralyn Chase. “I was there to state our case, make sure they understand the impacts cuts could have and ask for flexibility with whatever resources we do get.”
Next steps in Olympia will be conference committtee meetings while regular committee work on pending bills resumes.
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