It should come to you as no surprise that my #1 priority in coming to Olympia was to get our K-12 education system fully-funded so we could meet our court ordered McCleary obligation. I have two kids who will be entering Federal Way public schools soon and I want them to have the best education possible. It’s why I’m in Olympia fighting for our kids, our families, and our future.
With less than two weeks left, I’m proud to say I voted for a House budget that finally puts the last piece of the education funding puzzle together. Last year, the Legislature passed a plan that met all of the Supreme Court’s requirements for education funding–except one. That last piece, increasing teacher salaries by September 2018, is part of the budget I voted for this week.
The original budget plan didn’t keep our promise to our teachers, so I joined many colleagues to insist we find a way to meet the court’s requirements, while still maintaining funding for crucial state services.
The budget isn’t a done deal yet. There’s still negotiating to be done with the Senate and some differences to work out. But I’m confident that if we continue along the path we’re on now, our kids are going to get a great education, with well-funded classrooms, properly paid teachers, and the resources they need to be successful.
You sent me to Olympia to put people first and solve problems. It’s why I voted against increased property taxes but am fighting hard to find property tax relief, while still ensuring we provide people with the resources they need when times are hard, and building an economy that works for everyone in our region.