The vote was 16-to-11 House Ways and Means Committee a few minutes ago to approve Democrats' latest version of a two-year state operating budget.
The majority Democrats rejected a Republican alternative proposed by Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County. His plan would have spent about $500 million less, cut 489 fewer state and higher education jobs, and slashed the health-care safety net more deeply than Democrats' measure did.
But Alexander managed to put more into programs for the developmentally disabled, the Department of Corrections and some K-3 school programs.
The Democrats' version of Substitute House Bill 1087 goes to the House floor for a vote as soon as Friday or Saturday. The Senate plans to roll out a bipartisan budget plan on Tuesday evening, after a vote cutoff, said Democratic Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle, who chairs the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
The Democrats' version was amended from what they outlined Monday in a briefing led by Ways and Means chairman Ross Hunter, D-Medina.
For a side-by-side comparison of the plans, go here.
More will be revealed later as lawmakers and interest groups discover more details hidden in the hefty budget document.