Senate Democrats on Tuesday made public a proposal that would help fulfill the state’s paramount duty to fund K-12 education. (TRT: 1:27) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Washington State Senate Democrats on Tuesday proposed closing four tax breaks in order to fund four key elements of our state’s K-12 education system. Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, the ranking democrat on the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education committee, explained the proposal.

Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell: (TRT: 20) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We close four tax loopholes, just over $100 million dollars, and then with $38 million in the Senate’s proposed supplemental budget, for materials and supplies we have $140 million dollars that we will invest in class size reduction, further investment in all-day kindergarten, textbooks and technology and the cost of living adjustment for our educators.”

In January, the State Supreme Court told the Legislature it needed to come up with a plan to invest more than $5 billion back into our state’s education system by 2018. Senate Democratic Caucus Leader Sharon Nelson underscored the importance of coming up with that plan sooner rather than later.

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: 16) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “We shouldn’t be asking another kid to go into another crowded classroom. We’ve got to go ahead and take another investment now, and that’s why we’re looking at big oil and other loopholes to take that next step. We need to take action by April 30.”

With a little over two weeks left in the 2014 session and the Court’s April 30 deadline looming upon the Legislature, Senate Democrats look forward to moving the education conversation to a positive outcome for our children’s future.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.