Wash. lawmakers return next week to address budget



OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers only get a short reprieve after wrapping up a two-month legislative session, and are set to return next week to address an impasse over the supplemental budget.

The Legislature adjourned early Friday morning, but an unresolved budget means they’ll be back Monday for the start of an overtime special session that could last up to a month.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she was calling them back to special session, saying “we’ve a job to do.”

Lawmakers are looking to close a budget gap of about $500 million through the end of the two-year budget cycle ending June 2013, as well as leaving several hundred million dollars in reserves. In addition to the supplemental budget, lawmakers still need to pass a construction budget when they return for the special session.