With mere hours left before a monumental deadline of mid-night, lawmakers in the state House of Representatives and state Senate are spending much of today giving their once-over to a new biennial budget plan revealed to them only yesterday.

Before 12:00 a.m. tonight, they will have voted (expectedly) to confirm the work done in secret by negotiators over the past several weeks, and sent it on to the governor for his signature. Only this will avoid a partial shut-down of state government agencies.

Over the coming days and weeks, the lawmakers themselves, as well as citizen taxpayers, will come to know the detail that is contained within the agreed plan that increases spending for K-12 basic education. It also brings higher property taxes to the major population centers of Seattle and King County, while many rural areas will end up paying less – and receiving more – than they have through local school levies.

Anyone with an evening to spare could tune-in tonight to TVW cable television coverage to watch the legislature wrap things up and the governor to sign it.