Seattle Times: McCleary fix? Senate GOP wants to change teacher pay, how schools are funded

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January 27, 2017 Washington state Senate Republicans on Friday released a broad education-funding plan that would change how K-12 teachers are paid and how schools are funded. The proposal is intended to satisfy the state Supreme Court’s education funding order known as the McCleary decision. OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans on Friday released a broad education-funding plan that would change how … Read More

Rosy state revenue forecast likely will not curb Inslee’s tax obsession

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The latest state revenue forecast revealed that lawmakers have an additional $100 million available through the middle of 2015, and an additional $365 million for the 2015-2017 biennium. About half of the increase in revenue is attributed to actions taken by the state Legislature earlier this year to close several tax exemptions and make changes to the state’s legalized marijuana market. … Read More

Hill, Litzow won’t challenge Inslee in 2016

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From the Seattle Times: OLYMPIA — Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond and chief GOP budget writer, announced late Friday afternoon that he would not be running to challenge Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in next year’s election. As chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Hill has played a key role in crafting the state’s past two operating budgets.  The announcement … Read More

Hans Zeiger Announces for State Senate

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State Representative Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup) announced his candidacy for the 25th District seat in the Washington State Senate Thursday, following news that incumbent Senator Bruce Dammeier (R-Puyallup) will run for Pierce County Executive in 2016. Zeiger said that his legislative experience has prepared him for new challenges in the Senate at a critical time for the state. “We are making progress in … Read More