Rep. Drew MacEwen prefiles bill to fund education first (audio)
Dec. 9, 2014
CONTACT: John Sattgast, Broadcast Coordinator – (360) 786-7257 / Studio – (360) 786-5046
Rep. Drew MacEwen prefiles bill to fund education first
Legislator: Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union
Date Recorded: Dec. 9, 2014
Run Time: 1:16 (76 seconds)
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SUGGESTED LEAD: A state representative from Mason County is getting an early start to make sure public schools are funded first before any other state programs. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.
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Sattgast: It’s still a month before the 20-15 legislative session gets under way. But Republican State Representative Drew MacEwen of Union is not waiting. He’s introduced one of the first bills of the 2015 session – a measure that would fund education first.
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MacEwen: “What I attempt to do with this bill is… we have to do that bill first, and it becomes a separate budget. So essentially it’ll be a one-line item in the operating budget as K-12 education. And it removes the politics of all the other issues we have going on in the state, makes us do the education portion of the budget first, deliver it to the governor, and we have to do it based on existing revenue.”
Sattgast: House Bill 10-01 would require a stand-alone budget to be sent to the governor’s desk by March 31st, which MacEwen says would provide school districts predictability when they finalize their budgets in May. In addition, he says it would help the state meet its constitutional mandate to fully fund education as ordered by the Washington State Supreme Court under the McCleary Decision. (Voice cut: MacEwen-FundEducationFirst-Clip2-120914.mp3 Run time :07 seconds – Out cue: . . working on the budget.)
MacEwen: “This is our paramount duty to do it first. This falls right in line with this. This becomes the first thing we have to do as a Legislature in the odd-numbered years when we’re working on the budget.”
35th District State Representative Drew MacEwen. The Republican lawmaker is hoping that by prefiling the bill now, it will put the Legislature on the right track for funding education when it convenes its scheduled 105-day session on January 12th. John Sattgast, Olympia.
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