On the 60th day of the legislative session, the Washington State Senate passed a supplemental operating budget and adjourned Sine Die, signaling the end of the regular legislative session. Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, issued the following statement upon adjournment:
“The supplemental operating budget we passed makes critical investments in mental health care in our state. I believe that these smart investments will not only help save money in our criminal justice system and in our emergency rooms but will help provide vital services when access to mental health services may be limited.
“This budget also freezes college tuition for another year to ensure that students in our state can achieve their goals through affordable higher education.
“The last day of the legislative session does not mean that our work is finished. We still need a transportation package, a sustainable solution to get traffic moving again and funding for transportation projects important to our region. The failure to pass such a package this session means Washingtonians will be stuck in traffic without a transportation solution for some time.”