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Local legislators frustrated

OLYMPIA - Local state legislators indicated frustration as the budget has not been passed with only a little over a week left in the session.

State lawmakers are facing an approximate $1 billion shortfall in revenues than originally projected.

"We're getting down to crunch time with just over a week left, and now we're finally getting to the budget part," said Rep. Bruce Chandler during a conference call with the media on Tuesday morning of this week. "I don't know if we're going to get done on time or not."

Sen. Jim Honeyford was less optimistic.

"There will be a special session," he said. "Unless there's a miracle."

Honeyford noted that last year the budget process was bipartisan in the Senate, and they only had a single budget. This year the Democrats and Republicans are far apart.

"There are also enough differences between the Senate and House budgets," he said. "It'll take major negotiations to get through."

In news specific to Sunnyside, Chandler mentioned that the bill to help the Port of Sunnyside has stalled in the House. SB 6027 was introduced in the Senate by Honeyford and would give the port more flexibility in funding wastewater efforts. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate, but has since stalled in the House.

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