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House Republicans release ‘Education First’ budget

OLYMPIA — House Republican released their long awaited “Education First” budget, which explains how they would meet the state Supreme Court mandate to do a better job of living up to the constitutional requirement that educating our children is the state's paramount duty.

They propose spending an extra $903 million over the next two years for such things as shrinking class sizes in kindergarten through Grade 3, expanding all-day kindergarten, particularly in high poverty districts, and more school hours for grades 7-12. They also have money for more materials and charter schools.

For more information on the proposal, click here.

To be precise, it is a partial budget because it doesn't say what would be spent on non-school programs, other than to say programs will be prioritized and some will be cut. Those details will come later.

Rep. Ross Hunter, R-Medina, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said it seems more like a press release than a budget that balances competing demands on the state's resources, and appears to have inadequate reserves.

It is, however, the first salvo in the budget battle which begins in earnest after March 20, when the state's next economic and revenue forecast is released. The Senate will release its full budget first. Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said that would be by April 1.

WA Lege Day40: House GOP budget; honoring internees

OLYMPIA — It's Day 40 of the Legislative session, which means the regular session is two-thirds over at day's end. House Republicans will be releasing their budget proposal at noon, which might best be described as an alt-budget to the spending plan that will move through the House Ways and Means Committee in the coming weeks.

Except that the majority budget isn't written yet, so there's no easy way to compare it to its main competition. This will, however, be the first full scale budget to compare to Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposal from last November.

This morning, the House had a resolution honoring Japanese-Americans interned by order of President Franklin Roosevelt, which was signed 70 years ago today. While resolutions are nice, the Legislature booted an opportunity to provide the internees with a more concrete honor, by making them eligible for the state's POW plate, or giving them a special plate of their own.

There was such a bill, SB 6467, which got a hearing in the Senate Transportation Commission, then died a quiet death. The Senate did, however, approve specialty plates for the state flower and the National Rifle Association.

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