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By Jason Mercier
Director of Washington Policy Centers Center for Government Reform 

A lesson in budget law

 


There are two legal options to respond to a state budget deficit: The governor orders across the board budget cuts, or a special session of the Legislature occurs liquidating the deficit.

The first is a blunt instrument allowing no thoughtful response. The second provides the people’s legislative branch of government the opportunity to deliberate a more surgical response.

Gov. Jay Inslee, however, has made it clear he doesn’t plan to call a special session to allow lawmakers to meet to balance the budget. No special session leaves the obligation for the governor required under Revised C...



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