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State superintendent: Raise taxes for schools

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State superintendent: Raise taxes for schools

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.

Play Randy Dorn on funding

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.