State House passes $31 billion budget, but plan's future in Senate iffy

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The state House of Representatives approved, 54-43, the Democrats’ $31 billion supplemental budget proposal mostly along party lines Thursday. But its future in the Senate remained unclear.

Two House Democrats joined the 41 Republicans in voting against the measure.

But the spending plan's future remains in doubt. The Democrats only have a 27-22 majority in the state Senate, where three conservative Democrats have been joining the Republicans on the budget issue.

The budget plan passed by the House avoids new cuts to K-12 schools and universities.

State Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Thurston County, told The Olympian newspaper that the plan is unsustainable.

The Olympian said a Senate vote on the House budget potentially could come Saturday – if one comes at all.

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