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Our state legislature continues to wrestle over how to fully fund public K-12 education in Washington, and the levy cliff continues to loom, leaving schools in limbo about next year's budget. Here's what to do. (If it feels like we've done this before, it's because we have. Apparently our reps need to hear it again.)
1. School Funding Levy Cliff The House passed the levy cliff delay bill (HB 1059) nearly a month ago but it remains stalled in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Comment online or call to ask your senator to support HB 1059. Tell your senator, “I do not agree that the levy cliff solution must wait until legislators figure out the entire McCleary plan. It must be fixed now and this bill should pass now.”
2. The House passed the Democrats’ Education Plan (HB 1843), but they have not yet announced how the state would pay for it. Comment online or call your representatives to ask the House to provide ample funding for public education with new progressive revenue, such as the proposals in Governor Inslee's budget.
3. Write to the House Appropriations Committee (emails in comments) in opposition to the Republicans’ education funding plan, SB 5607. SB 5607 fails our children, our Constitution, and the courts. It is billions short of what the bill promises, and it will not deliver on what the Constitution guarantees. The Republican bill would increase property taxes on many Washingtonians, while big corporations in rural areas like Walmart, Boeing, and Avista would get a huge decrease in their property tax bills. They’re choosing to raise a regressive tax on hardworking families rather than ask the richest 1% and the corporate special interests to pay their fair share.
4. Education Funding forums are scheduled in early and mid March in legislative districts around WA. Check the comments for a list to look for a forum in your district. Spread the word.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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