KGMI News Reporting, AP news
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington State Schools Superintendent, Randy Dorn is proposing a raise in sales and property taxes to pay for schools.
Dorn’s bill calls for a 1 percent increase in sales tax and a hike in the state property tax to raise $7.5 billion.
The state Supreme Court has ordered the state to completely fund basic education by the 2017-18 school year.
Lawmakers have until April to present their plan.
The court says that while the state made progress in last year’s budget to increase funding for K-12 education, it was “not on target” to hit the required funding by the deadline.