- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House of Representatives has chosen Rep. Hans Dunshee to be the new chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

Dunshee is the long-time chair of the Capital Budget Committee, which writes the state’s construction budget. The Democrat from Snohomish says his experience working closely with Republicans on the construction budget will be useful when he begins negotiating with Senate Republicans on the state budget.

Dunshee replaces the previous budget chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, who left the Legislature to become director of the state’s Department of Early Learning.

Dunshee acknowledges the biggest priority of the Legislature right now is finding more money for public schools.

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