By Rachel La Corte
The Associated Press
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The $33.6 billion operating budget was the key item among more than a dozen bills signed by Inslee late this afternoon, just a day after the Legislature adjourned for the year after two overtime legislative sessions.
Inslee said that the budget “will allow the state of Washington to do good things in times of tough challenges.”
His signature came just hours before the end of the current budget cycle, and thousands of state workers had been warned last week that they could face temporary layoffs because much of state government would need to shut down if a budget plan wasn’t in place by midnight tonight.
It’s been more than 20 years since a governor signed a budget this late in the process.
Lawmakers this year were supposed to complete the spending plan in April but got delayed by a series of disputes over tax, spending and policy proposals.