The budget passed out of the Washington State Senate on Monday received a party-line vote. (TRT: 60) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


The Washington State Senate on Monday passed a budget on a party-line vote – 26 to 23. The lead Senate Democratic budget negotiator, Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam, said during his floor speech that there are critical programs and elements that he would have liked to have funded in the budget, but was unable to without revenue.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 17) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “I think that even though nobody likes taxes – taxes are certainly not the goal of our side of the aisle. You know, we didn’t come here to raise taxes, but we look at the needs that are – that are – in the budgets that are missing and we say that maybe some revenue would be better than not fulfilling some of those needs.”

Despite Senate Democratic attempts to add back critical funding to these programs like ratifying the public employee collective bargaining agreements, restoring deep cuts to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and finding a solution to school levies were not adopted or addressed in the Senate budget.

The House and Senate have until the legislative session ends on April 26 to come to an agreement and adopt an operating budget.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.