Executive Director Remy Trupin released a statement this afternoon in response to the 2014 supplemental budget proposal: “Today’s budget deal puts off the hard work of responding to the McCleary mandate to fully fund education. While the final budget does include some resources for education, it falls well short of what is needed.
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Since September 2013, Washington CAN! has been working on issues of health and wellness in the city of Auburn. On February 26th 2014 we hosted a community forum for Auburn residents in which we released a report that outlines the results of our work there.
John Burbank, EOI Executive Director
There is a new study out that shows that low income students who get free tuition are more likely to go to college. That piece of common sense stood up to the investigation of six academic researchers. They could have just asked their neighbors.
Legislation proposed by the Senate (SB 5881) to direct two-thirds of all state revenue growth to education for the next 10 years is another effort to divert attention away from the real challenges policymakers face in the years ahead. Rearranging current, inadequate levels of state funding will not magically produce new resources needed to invest in a world-class education system and rebuild our state economy.
Our Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice testified this morning before Senate Ways and Means against Senate Bill 5881. Watch it here on TVW.
Here are her remarks,
While we think it is important to have a long-term plan to fund education, we think this proposal takes the wrong approach for two reasons:
Our Executive Director Remy Trupin released a statement on SB 5881, which is being heard in Senate Ways & Means this morning. Our Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice is testifying against the bill.
“We agree that Washington state needs a long-term approach to fund education, however SB 5881 is absolutely the wrong way to go. It would fund education by starving other areas of the budget.
The Atlantic recently reported on the U.S.’s ‘Big Baby Problem’. That is, how the U.S.’s record low birth rates will drive down consumption and key economic activity for food, housing and transportation purchases.