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House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education

April 2, 2015

Washington House Democrats

House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education

OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives approved a two-year operating budget today that invests an additional $3.2 billion in K-12 education and makes significant investments in early learning, higher education, and the safety net. The House proposal takes a significant step forward in solving the state’s budget challenges after several years of cuts. “We can either step up to the challenge, or lose the opportunity to help middle-class families that have suffered from seven years of cuts to services they … Continue reading

Senate Republican budget proposal already $45 million in the red

April 1, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Senate Republican budget proposal already $45 million in the red

OLYMPIA – If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. As is the case this week with the Senate Republican’s supposed “balanced” budget. Less than 24 hours after its release, it is already in the red by $45 million. As part of their transportation reform demands, Senate Republicans want to transfer sales tax from transportation projects to the transportation budget. This leaves a $21 million hole in the state’s general fund for 2015-17 and a $60 million … Continue reading

Rep. Pat Sullivan and Rep. Reuven Carlyle response to Senate Republican Budget Release

March 31, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Pat Sullivan and Rep. Reuven Carlyle response to Senate Republican Budget Release

R’s rely on “…gimmicks, gambles and a lot of marijuana.” “House Democrats proposed a sustainable budget that began fixing our unfair tax system while making critical, ongoing investments in education, mental health care and other vital services. “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans have given us an unsustainable budget that relies on gimmicks, gambles and a lot of marijuana. It is a budget that barely provides short-term relief to long-term problems. “Their proposal shifts money from one program to another to make it … Continue reading

El presupuesto de la Cámara de Diputados

March 29, 2015

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Los Demócratas de la Cámara de Diputados presentaron su plan de presupuesto operativo para el bienio 2015 al 2017 el viernes. Es un presupuesto que sumará $3.2 billones en inversiones adicionales para educación en los próximos dos años, en comparación con el presupuesto del 2013 al 2015. Este presupuesto cumple con el fallo McCleary de la Suprema Corte, cuyo mandato es financiar adecuadamente la educación básica. El líder de la mayoría, Diputado Pat Sullivan (Demócrata de Covington), dijo que después … Continue reading

House budget fully funds basic education

March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats

House budget fully funds basic education

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their 2015-17 operating budget plan on Friday – a budget that will add $3.2 billion in additional K-12 investments over the next two years compared to the 2013-15 budget. The HDC proposal is the first budget proposal on the table that puts the state in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s McCleary ruling, which mandates the state adequately fund basic education by 2018. “After seven years of cuts totaling more than $12 billion, we have … Continue reading

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