On Wednesday, Senate Democrats announced their plan to phase-in and fully fund K-12 education in Washington state. (TRT: 59) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a plan to phase in full funding of K-12 education for Washington students. The plan will also satisfy the state’s Supreme Court’s contempt of court ruling. Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam:

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 24) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “The Supreme Court made it really clear that we need to fully fund our basic ed. obligation from the state. We’ve introduced a plan that does that by taxing only the 7,500 richest people in the state and at the same time giving 98.7 percent of everybody else a property tax decrease. I think that’s a pretty good deal.”

The proposal will meet the needs of Washington’s one million school kids by addressing teacher compensation, reducing the reliance on local levies, and phasing in the voter-approved class size initiative. It will also establish a dedicated revenue source that will raise revenue from the richest one-tenth of one percent of the state’s multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Nicole Vukonich reporting in Olympia.