by Jason Mercier
Washington Policy Center
April 10, 2014
With seven minutes to spare, Washington lawmakers adjourned on the last day of the 60-day 2014 Legislative Session, avoiding for the first time in several years going into a special session. Among the bills passed was a 2014 supplemental operating budget (SB 6002). Unlike previous years, when major re-writes of the budget were needed, SB 6002 was a true supplemental budget making minor changes to state spending. Though there were missed opportunities for enacting important fiscal reforms during the 2014 legislative session, the supplemental operating budget leaves Washingtonians in a good position to turn attention to the choices presented for the 2015-17 budget. The 2014 election will provide voters the opportunity to pass judgment on what direction they would like the 2015 legislature to take, and how lawmakers can balance demands for increased spending with the need for a sustainable budget and economic recovery and growth.

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