Washington Lawmakers to Introduce new Education-Funding Ideas

Published Date : Oct 05, 2015

The lawmakers from Washington State are taking efforts to introduce new ideas to increase the education funds. While doing this, the politicians are willing to avoid the biggest question, from where will the money come from? Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, recently acknowledged the proposal to fix the nations school-levy system. According to Dammeier, the vice chairman of the Senate Education and Ways and Means committees, the education money will be a political issue and will be resolved at the time of the legislative session. There are many ways to fund education, and fair tax will be a big step, said Dammeier. According to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate colleges are missing out on an important step in solving the education budget issues. 

According to Dunshee, it would be an accomplishment, if the authorities are able to understand, how big the education funding problem is. Since August, the Legislature is being fined by $100,000 a day, by the court, until the Legislation can come up with a strong plan to meet the requirements of the lawsuit. According to the lawmakers, they are doubtful to come to any agreement till the Legislature is resumed in January. 

The entire focus is on generating sufficient funding, said Dunshee. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge, thinks that the lawmakers can answer the Supreme Court with an accurate plan regarding education funding and highlight the policy changes in Senate Bill 6130. The bill would set up a novice salary structure for the teachers, on the basis of the current market. It would simply transfer the local school tax collections into nationwide property tax to boost education. The Senate Education Committee will be visiting Anacortes, Bremerton, Renton, Spokane, Wenatchee, and Yakima on different days. The tour will decide on guidelines to take the Legislature ahead in order to do what is best for educating the children