By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the challenge the state faces in meeting the education-funding demands of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. Providing for basic education (meaning K-12) is the paramount duty of the state, and as the vice chair of the budget-writing committee in the Senate, I will be working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to meet this challenge.
The state is expected to bring in more than $2.7 billion in additional revenue that can be used to help us achieve our goals. With that much more money coming into the state thanks to increased economic activity, new taxes should be the last idea on the table – not the first. It’s all about setting priorities.