School levy lid stays on; Governor's signature next
March 15, 2017
OLYMPIA, Mar. 10 — Educators across the state seem relieved after the Legislature voted to avoid the levy cliff Mar. 9, but some, such as Morris E. Ford Middle School teacher Pam Kruse, believe this debate was a distraction to the larger issue: fully funding basic education.
“This levy lid thing was posturing,” said Kruse. “We knew there was no way they [the legislature] couldn’t take care of this.”
The House passed SB 5023 with 87 in support and 10 opposed after the Senate approved the bill on Wednesday with 48 in support and one opposed. This bill will freeze the current levy lid at 28 percent until 2019; the lid was scheduled to drop to 24 percent in 2018.
Next, SB 50...