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McKenna outlines plan to beef up education without raising taxes

Requires State to Hold the Line on Everything Else


Critics scoffed a year ago when Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna said he could beef up education spending without raising taxes. On Tuesday, he unveiled a plan to do just that.

The state attorney general, meeting with reporters in Tacoma, says there’s a way to at least partially restore the shrinking share of the state budget that goes to higher education and K-12 schools. The plan just might satisfy a recent Supreme Court decision that held the state isn’t spending enough on basic education. And it wouldn’t raise a dime in taxes. But it would require the state to put the lid on everything else – a prospect unlikely to delight state employees and other interests when...

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