"We've got to get our funding back on track now or the gap we'll need to make up in the future to fully fund education will be even larger."
-Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, during a presentation Tuesday for the Senate Democrats’ plan to fund education in Washington. The plan calls for increasing funding to education by $100 million in 2014 by closing certain tax loopholes.
Gov. Jay Inslee, fresh from a visit with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, said Tuesday he is convinced that the feds will not extend the state’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act without legislative action on the state’s teacher evaluation system.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
• House leaders will unveil their proposed supplemental budget at noon, two days after the Senate released its plan. The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a 6 p.m. hearing on the budget in House Hearing Room A of John L O’Brien Building.
• Senate Bill 6547, sponsored by Moses Lake Republican Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, will be the subject of a 1:30 p.m. hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. The bill would reduce the state excise tax on liquor. The committee meets in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
• The House Higher Education Committee will hold a work session on how to better serve adults in higher education. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
• After passing unanimously out of the Senate, Senate Bill 5956 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, the legislation would allow for the possession and transfer of short-barrel rifles, so long as they are legally registered under federal law. The hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
• Senate Bill 6436 will be heard by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Sponsored by Sen. Dave Frockt, D-Seattle, the legislation would create a work group to study the viability of the College Bound scholarship program. The work group would be required to report back to the Legislature with recommendations on how to fund the scholarship program. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
• Legislation that would prohibit landlords from charging a potential tenant for screening reports if the tenant provides documentation containing the necessary credit, employment and criminal history will have a public hearing in the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee. Introduced by Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, the bill will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
• Entrepreneurs from across the state will gather in Olympia on Wednesday for Small Business Day.
• Gov. Jay Inslee will sign Senate Bill 6523, also known as the Real Hope Act, into law Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the State Reception Room in the Legislative Building. The legislation will allow students who came to the country illegally as children to qualify for state financial aid.