Bipartisan bill would use lottery-backed bonds to fund school construction (audio)


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Feb. 26, 2014

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Bipartisan bill would use lottery-backed bonds to fund school construction

Legislator: Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union
Date Recorded: Feb. 26, 2014
Run Time:  57 seconds


SUGGESTED LEAD: Republicans and Democrats in the Washington State House of Representatives have laid out a plan that would provide funding to build more classrooms across the state for students in kindergarten to third grade. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.   (Voice cut: MacEwenSchoolConst-SattgastVoicer-022614.mp3 – Run time :57 seconds)

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Sattgast: The bipartisan House measure would authorize the sale of 700-million dollars in bonds backed by lottery revenue. That would provide grants to build  classrooms for full-day kindergarten, as well as K-through-3rd grade class size reduction.   Republican State Representative Drew MacEwen (MAC YOO’ EHN) from Union says this new plan would provide an immediate and stable funding source to give school districts the classroom space they need.    (Voice cut: MacEwenSchoolConst-Clip1-022614.mp3 – Run time :10 seconds –  Out cue: . . .ah, funding source.)

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MacEwen: “So to bond this, ah, this revenue is the right thing to do. We build these schools now, we get it done. And it does not affect our state’s debt limit because it is coming out of that, ah, dedicated, ah, funding source.”
Sattgast: The 35th District lawmaker says this plan under House Bill 2797 would provide about 7 thousand additional jobs. And it would help to meet the state Supreme Court requirements under the McCleary decision.   But most important, MacEwen says it’s a bipartisan solution that would build new classrooms to make sure kids have the best environment for learning.   (Voice cut: MacEwenSchoolConst-Clip2-022614.mp3 – Run time :04 seconds –  Out cue: . . .the right solution.)

MP3 File   MacEwen: “To me, this is not the Republican solution, this is not the Democrat solution, it’s the right solution.”   Sattgast:  John Sattgast, Olympia.

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