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Meet with Representative Noel Frame Monday, Apr 3rd @ 1:00 pm in Olympia (carpools being arranged)

Meet with Representative Noel Frame (CANCELED)
Monday, Apr 3rd @ 1:00 pm in Olympia (carpools being arranged)
Now that the House and Senate have both released their proposed budgets, negotiations about education funding have begun in earnest. There is a clear divide between the two chambers about how much funding is necessary to fully fund McCleary and how those funds should be raised. It is a critical time in Olympia and it’s important that we talk to our local elected officials to advocate on behalf of our school community to make sure that education funding remains a top priority.
Please join the Blaine PTA and school community for a conversation with Rep. Noel Frame (36th District, D) to discuss the House budget proposal and to learn what we can do to make sure that we maximize funding for education during this budget cycle. Here are the details:
Monday, April 3, 2017
1:00 pm
Olympia, WA 
The Blaine PTA hopes to arrange carpools for those that plan to attend and we will leave Catharine Blaine at 11:00 am. RSVP at the link below no later than Friday at noon. 
About the Budget Proposals
Senate Republicans released their 2017-2019 biennium Operating Budget proposal on Monday, March 21. The $43 billion biennium budget (Senate Bill 5048) proposal includes $1.8 billion for K-12 education by implementing a levy swap with property taxes (in order to provide an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue.)
House Democrats released their proposed $44.7 billion 2017-19  biennium operating budget proposal (House Bill 1067) on Tuesday, March 28. Similar to the Republican proposal, the House proposal provides $1.8 billion in K-12 funding over the next two years in order to comply with the McCleary’s funding requirements to fully fund K-12 basic education by 2018, without relying on local levy dollars. Over four years, the House proposal  provides  $7.1 billion for K-12 education to comply with these funding requirements.
During their budget release, House Democrats took issue with the Senate’s proposal of using a levy-swap for property taxes to provide an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue earmarked for K-12 education over the 2017-19 biennium. Instead, Democrats proposed $3 billion in new revenue from capital gains and some business tax increases over the biennium.
You can read the Seattle Times coverage of the Senate’s proposed budget here, and the House proposal here.
If you have additional questions regarding the Legislature’s school funding bills, email legislative@blainepta.com.