UPDATE – Inslee’s tax plan pays for education add-on of $1.2 billion by hitting businesses, beer and bottled-water drinkers, car buyers
By Jordan Schrader and Brad Shannon:
A budget plan Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled today would add $1.2 billion to Washington’s two-year spending on basic education to meet a court order demanding more funding for schools. (Details here.)
School districts would finally receive full funding for busing costs. Half of kindergartners would be in school for full days. Poorer districts would get more money to hire more kindergarten and first-grade teachers. Newer teachers would receive stipends.
A big chunk of new money – $466 million – would cover school materials, supplies and costs such as utilities. But Initiative 732 would be suspended again, …