Q13: Senate GOP releases state budget

POSTED 10:23 AM, MARCH 21, 2017, BY ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPDATED AT 07:20PM, MARCH 21, 2017

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Senate Republicans on Tuesday released a $43 billion two-year budget that puts an additional $1.8 billion toward education, paid for, in part, by a statewide property tax that ultimately would replace local district levies.

The budget plan — which spends about $5 billion more than the current two-year budget — also relies on about $200 million in transfers from other accounts and spending cuts in some state programs. The plan was to move quickly to the Senate Ways and Means Committee, which was to hold a public hearing Tuesday, and the full chamber could vote on it as early as Thursday…