November 17, 2014
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"This is going to be a session for the ages." ~ Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, about the difficulties of paying for the $5 billion cost of Initiative 1351, which along with the education funding required by the McCleary decision, he said would mean $6-8 billion in spending cuts or new taxes in the 2015 Legislature.




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MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

Long term, transportation funding is school funding

By The News Tribune editorial board

"Children before concrete" is one of the catchphrases of people who've been fighting transportation funding in the Legislature.

It's a false choice. Smart investments in highway and transit infrastructure don't steal money from schools and social welfare programs. They create jobs and expand the economy, helping pay for public services that benefit children and everyone else.

The 2015 Legislature will rightly focus on increasing public school funding, as mandated by the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary decision. But this shouldn't mean stiffing the state's infrastructure needs. It's not an either-or dilemma: Further investment in transportation is needed to fully fund public education over the long haul.

Click here for the full column in The News Tribune
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