OLYMPIA, Wash. -The Washington state Legislature has approved a supplemental budget that will add more money to basic education and cap tuition increases for public college students for the second year in a row.
The bipartisan budget passed on a 48-1 vote in the Senate Thursday evening, shortly after it passed on an 85-13 vote in the House.
The votes came as the Legislature is set to adjourn its 60-day session.
The budget proposal has a $155 million spending increase over the $33.6 billion, two-year state operating budget approved by the Legislature last year.
It does not include cost-of-living increases for teachers and does not close any tax exemptions, both things that were initially proposed by the House.