Inslee budget needs work

The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed supplemental state budget is a good starting point for legislators, but there is room for improvement. In short, the proposal embraces two good ideas that don’t necessarily go well together. The centerpiece of the budget is an effort to meet the state Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund education beginning next year. Lawmakers constructed the foundation for that last year, passing a plan that will add billions in state money for K-12 public schools, but the court determined that it fell short by not funding teacher salaries until 2019 rather than next fall – the deadline set in the 2012 McCleary v. Washington ruling. Read more…