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Gov. Inslee meets with budget writers ahead of midweek start of special session

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OLYMPIA, Washington — Budget negotiators returned to the Capitol for a meeting with Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of a midweek start of a special session that could last up to 30 days.

Inslee met with House and Senate leaders and budget writers in hopes of breaking the impasse that led to lawmakers adjourning their regular 105-day session two days early on Friday without a state operating budget.

After the meeting, the Republican and Democratic chief budget writers for each chamber said it was a good discussion, and Inslee spokesman David Postman said the governor sensed a "climate for compromise."

Lawmakers are working under the shadow of a Supreme Court ruling that mandates money be put toward the state's basic education system..

The politically divided chambers have different ideas on how best to do that, with Democrats seeking more revenue and Republicans saying new taxes are not needed.

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