Today Sen. Bruce Dammeier said he is pleased with the Senate’s bipartisan operating budget proposal, particularly the additional $1.5 billion investment it would make in K-12 education.
“I am excited about our coalition’s commitment to our schools and to living up to the Legislature’s constitutional duty to provide for basic education,” said Dammeier, R-Puyallup. “The bipartisan Senate proposal dedicates more than 75 percent of new state revenue to public education. This type of investment is a big leap forward for early childhood, K-12 and higher education in our state.
“From day one of the 2013 session our Majority Coalition Caucus has consistently operated with a commitment to both bipartisanship and crafting the right policies for the people of our state – something that clearly sets us apart from Washington, D.C.
“I think the bipartisan teamwork that developed this budget is refreshing.”
Dammeier noted the Senate Democratic budget leader, Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, with whom he serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, was quoted as saying the bipartisan proposal resulted from “the most transparent bipartisan process that’s ever happened.”
The House of Representatives is expected to release a corresponding proposal soon. The two sides must reach an agreement no later than April 28 for the Legislature to adjourn its 105-day session on schedule.