April 2, 2007

Senate Passes Budgets — Negotiations to Begin This Week

By Randy Hodgins

In a relatively rare Saturday morning session, the Senate passed their versions of the operating, capital and transportation budgets.  There were no changes in any of the budgets affecting appropriations for the University.

During debate on the Senate transportation budget, Senator Rosemary McAuliffe (D-Bothell) offered an amendment to provide an additional $6.2 million in funding for the Bothell/Cascadia CC offramp project which has experienced an increased construction inflation estimate.  Unfortunately, the amendment was defeated.

House and Senate fiscal committee leaders should begin to work out the differences in their respective spending proposals this week.  The 2007 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on April 22.

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