From my old fav, Horsesass.org (welcome back, Goldy):
The indisputable mathematical truth is that we simply cannot meet McCleary and maintain existing government services at constant levels, without raising new revenue.
It can’t be done! And anybody who tells you otherwise is either a liar
or an idiot. Washington state has a structural revenue deficit. There is
absolutely no way we can magically fund McCleary through economic
growth alone. The math doesn’t work. Which means there is no way the
state doesn’t eventually find itself in contempt of court.
It is going to happen. It is inevitable. Barring a farfetched pro-tax
Democratic sweep in this November’s legislative elections, the state will not meet the McCleary mandate.
So how will the court react? Legislators enjoy immunity, so the court
can’t throw them in jail on contempt charges, as much as they might
deserve it. And the court lacks the authority to levy taxes itself. So
the only remedy really available to the justices would be to order
drastic across-the-board cuts in discretionary spending in order to
repurpose those funds to our public schools.
Which is exactly what the Republicans want!
With a warning:
Washington State is headed toward a constitutional crisis. There is no avoiding it. And Democrats better start preparing themselves to handle this McCleary crisis a helluva lot better than they handled the McCleary opportunity.
I think he may be right. The Court is not going to like being dissed if the Legislature doesn't pony up but when the conservatives slash and burn the rest of the budget ("we had to"), then watch the fur fly.
We need an income tax. Just sayin'.