Choosing schools over business tax breaks was the chief message in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Friday night speech to educators with the American Federation of Teachers Washington, an affiliate of the national federation.As the 78th annual convention wound down for the day at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, Inslee rallied the full room of teachers over the importance of adequately funding education in the next two-year budget.His proposed budget includes $1.2 billion for schools — what he considers a “good down payment” for the next few years. Inslee looks to avoid cuts to education by closing about a dozen tax loopholes for businesses that aren’t creating jobs. He notes that in 1949, the lumber industry got a tax break on hog fuel to help the industry thrive. Now, Inslee said, that $41 millionbreak benefits oil and gas, an industry it was never intended for.“We have to make a choice in our state,” he said. “I’m choosing schools over tax breaks.”He looks to reel in money and put it back into the education system to focus on early childhood development; prioritize math, science and technology curriculum; reduce tuition increases for college students and ensure students can graduate from college in four years.Proposed cuts to services benefiting the homeless, hungry and disabled would hurt our children’s education, he said. There were 27,390 homeless K-12 students in Washington during the 2011-12 school year, according to the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. It’s hard to educate kids and make them competitive when they don’t even have a roof over their head or food to eat, Inslee said.
Inslee comes to vancouver to talk education
Last Updated on: September 16th, 2019 at 1:43 am, by