To no one's surprise the regular legislative session ended at 6:15 p.m. today without reaching agreement on a budget. Governor Inslee has called them back for a 30 day special session on May 13th to try and accomplish what was not possible in the 105 day regular session. The Governor's words in this krem.com post capture the difficulty they face in trying to reach agreement on a budget.
Inslee said the parties are not miles apart, but "light years apart."
The focus for the session will be on the budget, transportation, and education. There is much to accomplish within 30 days considering how far apart they are on budget and policy issues with education proving to be one of the more controversial issues they face. Will a second special session be needed to bring closure to the gap between the three parties?