This week, the Washington Legislature, having run out of time - as so often it does - in its short regular session, will return for a special.
Not so terribly special, really. Their job (still fairly complex) is to pass a budget, and adjust a series of laws that the budget affects. But revenue increases? Evidently not on the table - and that (the debate over that, anyway) is what should probably be a genuine cause for an overage.
A simple, plain and clear summary of the situation was posted today in the Spokesman-Review.
A suggestion: Make the odd-year sessions in Washington longer, along the lines of what Oregon now does - in what is looking like a useful approach to scheduling.