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Final week of the Washington Legislature

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OLYMPIA, Wash-- Entering its final week of the 15-week session, the Washington Legislature could finish its work a couple of days early. With Democrats in the majority of both the House and Senate, budget writers will have an easier time reaching agreements. The major work remaining is finishing details on spending plans for the next two years,  a 33 billion dollar operating budget, an eight billion transportation budget and four billion dollar construction budget. House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler of Hoquiam has said she hopes to wrap up work on Friday. The deadline for the session is midnight Sunday. In addition to spending plans, lawmakers are still deciding whether to create a rainy day fund that would be harder for them to spend.

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