Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Dems Try Again on Levy Cliff; Republicans Say, "Time to Go"

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Dems Try Again on Levy Cliff; Republicans Say, "Time to Go":

Dems Try Again on Levy Cliff; Republicans Say, "Time to Go"

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Here's how it played out (with the two major players here being Senator Marko Liias (D) and Senator Joe Fain (R).  

From Washington's Paramount Duty:


Thank you, Senate Democrats! Yesterday afternoon, they tried AGAIN to bring the Levy Cliff Delay Bill (SHB 1059) to floor via a 9th Order. How did the Senate Republicans respond? Instead of allowing a vote to save school districts from losing $500 million, the Senate Republicans adjourned at 5:09pm to avoid the vote. 

Here's what they recommend and I agree with one additional thing:

All state legislators need to hear from us: Democrats need a thank you and ask to NOT allow anything to pass until the Republican Senators allow a vote. Republicans need to hear: • It is inappropriate to hold our kids hostage like this.

• The Senate Republican plan requires $2.5 billion in unnamed cuts to other state services. That's unacceptable! It’s not a serious plan.
• We are not going to even consider the Senate Republicans’ plan until they pass the levy cliff bill.*
• We weren’t asking you to vote for it. We are telling you to vote for it, and we reject your reasons for not doing so.


*My change to that is to allow a vote.  It will pass if there is a vote. 


My add-on is that we should call the Governor and ask that he make it crystal-clear that he is not signing ANY bill until this one gets a vote.  

There is NO reason for this.  Voters HAVE already spoken on these levies and said yes to them and yes to their levy rates.  

And ANYONE who allows districts throughout the state to be hurt - with no 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Dems Try Again on Levy Cliff; Republicans Say, "Time to Go":



Levy Cliff Impacts and GOP Senators
It can't be any clearer than this. Levy Cliff Impact: School District loss listed by Legislative District District 2 State Senator Randi Becker (R) Randi.becker@leg.wa.gov or 360 786-7602 School Districts Bethel$11.5M 

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