Inslee promotes boost in school funding

In his state of the state message, Gov. Inslee proposed $200 million in new revenue for education. Today, the governor released his plan. The presentation materials detail the new taxes.

» Repeal sales tax exemption for trade-ins valued over $10,000
» Repeal public utility tax deduction for in-state portion of interstate transportation
» Repeal use tax exemption for extracted fuel (except hog fuel)
» Refund state portion of sales tax to nonresidents
» Repeal sales tax exemption on bottled water
» Repeal sales tax exemption for janitorial services
» Repeal preferential business and occupation tax rate for resellers of prescription drugs

Most of these have been proposed before (maybe all of them, I’ll have to check the record) and failed to gather support.

TVW reporting and video here. Story in the Olympian here. As the Olympian points out, the challenge grows next session.

Inslee’s budget office put a chart on an easel next to him during his press conference that showed just how much the state needs to raise – if it is to meet the requirements of school improvements already outlined in law.

The amount – in addition to the $200 million-plus he is seeking now – is nearly $1.9 billion more in 2015-17 and $3.57 billion more in 2017-19. Each would be $400 million higher if no new revenues are raised and built into the state’s school-spending commitment in 2014, according to state budget director David Schumacher.

Also today, the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council presented a four-year forecast to the Budget Outlook Group. In it (last page) they show a $400 million shortfall for the governor’s December supplemental extended through 2015-17. That’s exclusive of the mandated increase in education funding.

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