The 105-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday.
For the first time in years, lawmakers are set to write a new two-year budget without a primary focus of satisfying a court mandate on education funding.
But they still return to Olympia this year with a variety of costly issues. The issues include finding money to improve the state’s troubled mental health system.
Leaders in the House and Senate will release their budget plans in the coming months. They will work to negotiate a final budget before the legislative session wraps up at the end of April.