Senate passes amended budget
More than half of expenditures to go to K-12 education
April 10, 2019
The state Senate passed an amended version of the operating budget totalling $52.5 billion for the next biennium with 31 in favor and 17 opposed.
With more than 40 amendments discussed on the floor, debate over the operating budget took longer than four hours late last Thursday. In the end, three Republicans joined the majority in voting to pass the amended version.
Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, wrote the 2019-21 budget as the chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
“I am proud to rise today to urge my colleagues to pass a smart budget that puts people first and fulfills commitments that this body has made to quality education and a more effective behavioral health system...