Lawmakers not surprised by school funding ruling

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on February 4, 2010 at 6:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 4 at 7:13 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. Thursday's court ruling that state lawmakers have failed to make funding schools a priority, did not surprise legislators.

"I absolutely agree with the court," said Rep. Ross Hunter, R-Medina.

The Chair of the Senate's Education Committee said the decision could help convince legislators, and the public, that more needs to be done to fund schools.

"That's really what we needed," said Senator Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, "We needed to be pushed by the courts to do that."

Sen. McAuliffe does not know if school funding reforms will require new taxes, but she said, "It provides us an opportunity to go out to the public and take the case to them."

Representative Skip Priest, R-Federal Way, said he thinks the state has enough money to solve the problem without raising taxes.

"I think the better judgment is to utilize the resources we have to meet our constitutional responsibility," said Rep. Priest.

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