Deputy Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane says that Senate Democrats are focused on creating opportunity and building prosperity for all Washingtonians, which includes fully funding basic education for our state’s 1.1 million schoolkids. (TRT: 57) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD



Monday marked the beginning of a new Legislative Session, which is poised to be one of the more difficult sessions in recent memory due to the State Supreme Court’s deadline to fully fund basic education in our state. Deputy Leader of the Senate Democrats, Andy Billig of Spokane:

Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane: TRT: 0:35 (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD): “Senate Democrats are very focused on creating opportunity and building prosperity for the people of Washington, and what that means in terms of specifics, is focusing on full funding of basic education and the whole educational spectrum with early learning and higher ed included as well. But making sure we don’t do that at the expense of the other things that help kids and families to be successful like having access to quality health care and a safe place to sleep at night and food security. So, uh, we’re taking a broad view of trying to help every family and every small business in our state to be successful now and in the long term.”

This year, the legislative session is scheduled to last 105 days.

I’m Nicole Vukonich, in Olympia.