Media advisory: House Republicans to unveil K-12 education budget on Thursday, Feb. 2

Group to show how Fund Education First legislation would be implemented; will release full supplemental operating budget proposal at a later date

 

House Republicans will unveil their K-12 education budget in a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 2. The event will begin at noon in the House Republican Caucus room in the Capitol. The group plans to show how its Fund Education First legislation would be implemented and will release a full supplemental operating budget proposal at a later date.

Governor Chris Gregoire released her proposed supplemental operating budget on Nov. 21 and recommended cutting K-12 education by $630 million. She is asking voters to buy back these cuts, along with others, through a three-year, 0.5 percent increase in the state sales tax rate.

House and Senate Democrats have yet to release any budget proposals and it is not clear when they plan to do so. The majority party is also considering several different tax-increase proposals.

House Republicans introduced a full operating budget proposal last year. It can be found here.

The 2012 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn March 8.

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Contact: John Handy, Deputy Communications Director, (360) 786-5758

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