In order for our state economy to thrive, and our nation to compete in the ever-evolving, increasingly complex global economy, education must be the top priority in our state budget. In 2012, the state Supreme Court voted to uphold the McCleary decision, sanctioning that the paramount duty of the state government is to fully fund public education.
State Sen. Nathan Schlicher makes education his top priority. This June, he voted in favor of House Bill 2075, which closed a tax loophole and put $160 million into funding public education. Having worked his way through the public school system in Bremerton, Schlicher understands the importance of fully funding education from K-12 schools, to higher education through public universities and vocational schools.
As we consider who to vote for Nov. 5 for our 26th District state senator, think about what is imperative to the success of our community, to the prosperity of our nation. A strong economy and a strong future are only achieved through the proper education of our children, and I believe that Schlicher holds our best values and heart.