The state House of Representatives has approved a new Democratic budget proposal by a vote of 53-45. The Democratic House budget is dramatically better than the Republican Senate budget approved over the weekend.
The Democratic House budget does not cut K-12 or higher education funding. It does not cut educator pensions. It does not fund the state takeover of K-12 health care.
The Republican Senate budget cuts K-12 and higher education funding. It cuts educator pensions. And it funds the state takeover of K-12 health care.
For K-12 and higher education, the House budget very closely mirrors the no-cuts budget that had been proposed by the Senate Democrats on Feb. 28.
Now the Democratic House budget goes to the Senate. It’s unclear what will happen next, but the regular legislative session ends at midnight. Earlier today, the Senate voted to defer consideration of SB 6442, the K-12 health care takeover bill that WEA members oppose.
The Democratic House budget vote count:
Voting Yea: Representatives Appleton, Billig, Blake, Carlyle, Clibborn, Cody, Darneille, Dickerson, Dunshee, Finn, Fitzgibbon, Goodman, Green, Haigh, Hansen, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Hunt, Hunter, Hurst, Jinkins, Kagi, Kelley, Kenney, Kirby, Ladenburg, Liias, Lytton, Maxwell, McCoy, Moeller, Moscoso, Ormsby, Orwall, Pedersen, Pettigrew, Pollet, Probst, Reykdal, Roberts, Ryu, Santos, Seaquist, Sells, Springer, Stanford, Sullivan, Takko, Tharinger, Upthegrove, Van De Wege, Wylie, and Mr. Speaker
Voting Nay: Representatives Ahern, Alexander, Anderson, Angel, Armstrong, Asay, Bailey, Buys, Chandler, Condotta, Crouse, Dahlquist, Dammeier, DeBolt, Eddy, Fagan, Haler, Hargrove, Harris, Hinkle, Hope, Johnson, Klippert, Kretz, Kristiansen, McCune, Miloscia, Morris, Nealey, Orcutt, Overstreet, Parker, Pearson, Rivers, Rodne, Ross, Schmick, Shea, Short, Smith, Taylor, Walsh, Warnick, Wilcox, and Zeiger