House Dems propose closing tax breaks to pay for education

The Seattle TimesFebruary 26, 2014 

Legislature legislative building

In this photo taken Jan. 9, 2014, the Legislative Building at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., is shown as rain falls on the sundial in the foreground.

TED S. WARREN — AP

House Democrats on Wednesday proposed closing tax breaks worth $100 million to help increase spending for education and pay for teacher pay increases.

The caucus also proposed using lottery proceeds to put $700 million into the construction of new classrooms.

Democrats say the additional spending is needed to help satisfy a 2012 state Supreme Court mandate, known as the McCleary ruling, to increase funding for education. Before the session began, the court told lawmakers to move faster.

Democrats say the Legislature must act.

“At the end of the day we have no choice but to acknowledge that we live in a post-McCleary era,” said House Finance Committee Chairman Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.

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