Sen. Bruce Dammeier extended his support to the Senate’s supplemental operating budget proposal, which was approved today by the Washington State Senate. The plan updates the Legislature’s two-year budget that went into effect in 2013. Today’s successful legislation does not raise taxes and prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math skills and opportunities for students and job creators.
“This year’s focus is on not disrupting the good work lawmakers did last year while improving opportunities for students to learn high-demand skills,” said Dammeier, who serves on the Senate Ways and Means Committee. “Investing in K-12 classroom technology will better prepare students for continued education and careers in the STEM fields.”
The Senate spending plan includes $38 million for K-12 classroom technology, enabling schools to invest in upgrades that best fit their needs. The budget also directs $97 million toward increasing credits required for high-school graduation, which was called for in a bill co-sponsored by Dammeier to better prepare students for college and career.
“Education is our state’s paramount responsibility and that is highlighted in this proposal,” continued Dammeier. “Almost 80% of new spending from revenue growth goes toward education. This builds upon the progress we made last year to turn around the education funding woes of the past 30 years.”
The plan was approved overwhelmingly with a 41-8 vote and is now transmitted to the House of Representatives for consideration. Lawmakers will spend the last two weeks of the 2014 session building consensus on a final budget plan before adjournment on March 13.