House Democrats have posted documents on their web site outlining another way to bridge a $1.1 billion budget deficit through June next year.
When compared to Gov. Chris Gregoire's outline for cuts, it appears the House Democrats would rely on $208 million of federal aid for schools and delaying payments on $228 million while trimming more from higher education, delaying some training, and protecting Medicaid prescription drug coverage from cuts.
The list is much more detailed than that, of course, and I've only had time to scan it. But House leaders do not appear to call for pay cuts for state employees, which Republican Sen. Joe Zarelli has suggested and which Gregoire's labor negotiation team is pursuing. (I wrote a story on that topic for Friday's morning paper.)
Republicans offered their ideas Wednesday, and go here for links to suggestions by Gregoire, Sen. Zarelli and Republican Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County.
Budget negotiators are expected to meet for talks in Olympia on Friday after leaders talked by phone today [Thursday].