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Originally published Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:02 AM

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Wash. budget talks move at 'glacial' pace

Washington state's financial management agency has been conducting legal and historical research to determine what would happen if lawmakers fail to pass a new budget before the start of the fiscal year.

Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Washington state's financial management agency has been conducting legal and historical research to determine what would happen if lawmakers fail to pass a new budget before the start of the fiscal year.

David Schumacher is the budget director under Gov. Jay Inslee. He says the work is being done in order to keep officials prepared and insisted that it's not a sign that budget negotiations are at an impasse.

Schumacher says he's still hopeful that negotiators will begin coming closer together soon as they start swapping revised budget plans. The House and Senate budgets have a $1 billion chasm between them.

House Democrats are seeking new revenue by extending taxes and eliminating tax breaks.

Lawmakers are striving to complete one by the end of the special session on June 11.

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