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Sunday Spin2: Courting contempt

OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court’s order for the Legislature to show up at the Temple of Justice on the first week of September and explain why it shouldn’t be held in contempt is prompting some interesting speculation around the Capitol Campus.

For example, the court’s order actually is for “the state” to show up, but it would be difficult to fit the 6 million-plus residents into the smallish courtroom, and it’s clear from the rest of the order that the court is really just peeved at the Legislature. All 147 legislators wouldn’t fit in the courtroom, and even if they could, there’s no way the court would want to hear from each one. . . 

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WA Lege Day 19: Education funding rule

Rep. Susan Fagan reads from the state Constitution during a floor debate Friday.

OLYMPIA — House Republicans want to change rules to require the state's general fund budget be split up so education expenses are decided before other state programs.

The “Fund Education First” proposal has been around before, and failed, but GOP representatives are arguing today it makes more sense as the Legislature faces a mandate from the state Supreme Court to improve funding for the state's public schools.

As part of the debate, Rep. Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, read from a copy of the state constitution that calls the education of its children the state's “paramount duty.”

Democrats, however, maintain as they have before that this is no more than a gimmick. It's not when the budget decisions are made, but how much, they say.

“It's more important to me that we fund education right,” Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane, said.

Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, said the Republican rule is an example of form over substance. “It does nothing to actually fund education.”

Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, said it was a significant reform that would send a message the Legislature was tackling education reform in a responsible way. “It is much, much more than a slogan.”

UPDATE: Rule change fails 52-41 on a party-line vote.

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