The Seattle Times:
The script being played out in Olympia this month is as depressingly familiar as an action movie franchise with one sequel too many.
The Legislature has closed a 105-day session with a whimper, failing again to deliver a budget on time. The failure is magnified by the stakes. This session was arguably the most important policy and budget discussion of our state history as lawmakers no longer had any excuses to reform the state education financing system.
It has been the same script for the past three budget-writing sessions — one overtime session after another. Now, if history is a guide, the Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House will stare across the negotiating table until the eve of a government shutdown in June. Currently, they’re not even engaged in meaningful budget negotiations — because Republicans won’t come to the table until the Democrats vote on the new taxes that fund their budget.
The public is tired of this. The Washington Supreme Court has held the state in contempt for an astonishing 21 months for failing to fully fund basic education in its McCleary case.