After three special sessions, state lawmakers finally head home. So what did they do? Did lawmakers accomplish on enough on education to satisfy the State Supreme Court? From teacher salaries to the gas tax, we look at the final compromise with Democratic political and public affairs consultant Sandeep Kaushik and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center. Reaction from Rep. [...]
Calling it a civil rights issue, Washington Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn urges lawmakers to make changes so that school districts aren’t as reliant on local levies. In this raw video, Dorn explains why levy reform is just as important as new education funding, for the legislature to comply with the State Supreme Court McCleary ruling.
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House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for a new carbon pollution tax. In this video report, Democrats unveiled their own budget which includes a higher B&O tax on service businesses, and relies on several of Inslee’s ideas such as a tax on capital gains and bottled water. Democrats would use the extra revenue to fund smaller class sizes, cost-of-living [...]