Expanding opportunities in higher education

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Olympia! This week was filled with long committee meetings as we reached another deadline for committees to act on legislation. This included a Ways and Means committee hearing that concluded with a vote in the dark of night (literally, at 1:30 a.m.) by the Senate Democrat members to allow an increase in local school property taxes. As I have said before, there is more than enough revenue to cover the needs of government – including schools – and significantly enhance spending on special education and behavioral health, which are among the priorities shared by Republicans and Democrats this year. There’s even enough to have a discussion about tax relief!

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