Wash. lawmakers pushing to finish budget votes



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are pushing to finish their work in the final hours of a 30-day special session.

The Senate is expected to take a final vote Wednesday on a state budget that will slash education spending to fill a $5 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. The House is expected to push through a construction spending plan.

Lawmakers have spent the past week in late-night negotiations to settle major policy disagreements on issues such as workers’ compensation, the state’s debt limit and the new state budget. They expect to finish by Wednesday night.