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By Josh Kelety
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Last minute budget, property tax cut passes

 

March 14, 2018



WNPA Olympia News Bureau

On the final day of the legislative session, lawmakers approved a last-minute supplemental budget deal that funnels roughly $1 billion to K-12 public education and a $400 million one-time reduction in state property taxes.

For the entire 60-day legislative session, lawmakers had two issues looming over them stemming from the over $7 billion K-12 education funding reform package they passed last summer to meet the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary ruling that the state fully fund Washington’s public school system.

One issue was a November 2017 follow-up mandate from the court that lawmakers speed up funding for public school staff salaries—to the tune of $...



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