State budget: Bill closing $2.6 billion gap goes to Gov. Locke

Lawmakers Thursday sent Washington Gov. Gary Locke a $23.1 billion state budget that relies on cutbacks and fiscal restraint rather than revenue from new taxes.

The House approved the spending plan by a 67-30 vote, dispatching the legislation to Locke, who is expected to sign it.

The bill closes a $2.6 billion budget gap through layoffs, salary freezes and service cuts, and by postponing voter-approved education initiatives.

The compromise bill cleared the Senate Wednesday night.