Video: Legislature's work & where WA goes now

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Now that the state legislature has gone home, we look at the final budget compromise with Democratic political and public affairs consultant Sandeep Kaushik and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center.

From transportation to teacher salaries, Kaushik and Guppy analyze the final results. Among the highlights in this video, is a discussion on whether the Legislature did enough for education, and whether it will satisfy the state Supreme Court, which has ordered improvements in education financing:

Kaushik: They did a lot. This is a really substantial increase in education funding. The percentage of the budget that is going to education is increased substantially as well. It is much needed funding. It is going to make a difference. And, really, I would call that almost a bipartisan win. The two sides did come together and agree that we needed to do more on education … There is more to be done yet.

Guppy: The McCleary decision that you are referring to is more than three years old. So, I think there is becoming a question about how much detailed involvement judges can have in running the public education system, especially since lawmakers are responding and providing more funding. … But the larger point, I think, is, How far can you push this judicial oversight process?


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Robert Mak

Robert Mak

Robert Mak is a principal of and a longtime broadcast reporter in Western Washington.