The Washington legislature reached an agreement on the state budget yesterday, allowing the 2014 session to end on time. Political watchers say the session might be remembered more for what didn’t get passed, than what did.
- Efforts to combine the medical marijuana system with the new recreational pot system stalled.
- A transportation package including a gas tax to fund road projects and transit failed, following a similar defeat in 2013.
- Teachers won’t be receiving cost of living increases, but they also won’t be subject to evaluations based on federally-approved student tests
The session’s political back-and-forth sets up this year’s election in November, when Republicans hope to win a majority in the Senate.
- Austin Jenkins: Reporter for OPB News, based in Olympia